Fortune and Fertility Rites among the Pre-Christian Western Slavs



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Álvarez-Pedrosa Núñez, Juan Antonio (2012) Fortune and Fertility Rites among the Pre-Christian Western Slavs. Studia Mythologica Slavica, 15 . pp. 157-168. ISSN 1581-128X

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The purpose of the present paper is to analyze the fertility rites attested in the Medieval sources about the Western Slavic Pre-Christian Religion in order to make an assessment of such texts. It allows us to elaborate a hierarchy: the more reliable text belongs to Saxo Grammaticus and narrates the festival made every autumn in the temple of Arkona; in second term we place the fragment of Thietmar of Merseburg relating to the obtaining of auguries about the harvest by the sacred lake of Glomuzi; finally we can read a text of Ebbo about a yearly feast at the beginning of summer in the city of Wollin, inspired by the biblical story of the Golden Calf.

Item Type:Article
Palabras clave (otros idiomas):Fertility Rites; Reconstruction of Slavic Pre-Christian religion; Western Slavs; Saxo Grammaticus; Sventovit of Arkona; Thietmar of Merseburg; St. Otto of Bamberg
Subjects:Humanities > Religion > Religions
ID Code:40728
Deposited On:16 Jan 2017 10:38
Last Modified:09 Feb 2018 15:39

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