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I was born on Perundan, which is a thursday, and according to tradition I wear as my first given name, because I am the first born son, my paternal grandfather’s name, which is Ilie (Iliya, Ilija, Elijah, etc. are variants of it).
Perun, the thunder god of the ancient pagan Slavs, a fructifier, purifier, and overseer of right and order. His actions are perceived by the senses: seen in the thunderbolt, heard in the rattle of stones, the bellow of the bull, or the bleat of the he-goat (thunder), and felt in the touch of an ax blade. The word for Thursday (Thor’s day) in the Polabian language was peründan. Polish piorun and Slovak parom denote “thunder” or “lightning.”
The lightning god and his cult among the Slavs is attested by the Byzantine historian Procopius in the 6th century. In The Russian Primary Chronicle, compiled c. 1113, Perun is mentioned as having been invoked in the treaties of 945 and 971, and his name is the first in the list of gods of St. Vladimir’s pantheon of 980. He was worshiped in oak groves by western Slavs, who called him Prone, which name appears in Helmold’s Chronica Slavorum (c. 1172). Porenut, Perun’s son, is mentioned by the Danish historian Saxo Gramaticus in the early 13th century.
In the Christian period the worship of Perun was gradually transferred to St. Elijah (Ilie, Ilija, Iliya, etc.), but in folk beliefs, his fructifying, life-stimulating, and purifying functions are still performed by his vehicles: the ax, the bull, the he-goat, the dove, and the cuckoo. Sacrifices and communal feasts on July 20 in honour of Perun or Iliya continued in orthodox christian countries until modern times.
Therefore, today I shall remember, revere and worship.
Cлава Перунy! Hail Perun!
(The weather forecast predicted a storm, by the way.)
This post is the beginning of a series of articles on various aspects of Slavic mythology that I hope to publish on a near-weekly basis. As this article is the beginning of something new, I believe I should begin with the greatest figure in the Slavic pantheon, Perun.
Often compared to Thor of the Norse mythological world, Perun was considered the highest of all gods and was one of Svarog’s three sons. Perun was seen to be the creator and master of rain, lightning, and thunder (and anything that had to do with hurricanes and storms), Perun’s name is even based off the old Indo-European root “parg” meaning ‘to strike’, much like lightning would. In fact, the Polish word for ‘thunderbolt’ is Piorun. He possessed the ability to shoot lightning strikes from a bow as well as create storms to aid farmworkers.
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It is almost a year since I visited the island of Rugia (Rügen in german). Partly because of my slavic descent, of course. I knew I had to go there, especially to go to Cape Arkona, where once a big temple stood, dedicated to the slavic god Svetovid. I just had to.
Never expected it to give me that sense of peace and of somehow coming home, although I was there for the first time. Such a thing never happened to me, but it felt good.
I find pleasure in remembering this experience. A truly sacred place.