“What gods did the Slavs believe in?”

One of the most important Slavic gods was Perun. He was the god of thunderstorms (the word “piorun” actually comes from the name Perun, not the other way around), similar to the Norse Thor or the Greek Zeus. It is known that he was worshipped in Rus – the Slavic religion in Polish territories might have been different from that of our eastern neighbors. On the other hand, the Polabian Slavs worshipped a deity with four faces named Świętowit (Światowid), who is considered by most researchers to be a local variation of Perun.

Another important figure for the Slavs was Weles, who, unlike Perun who resided in the sky, ruled from under the ground and was the god of magic, the dead, and cattle (“Wołos”).

Another important god of the Slavs was Swaróg, sometimes identified with Dadźbog, who was probably the god of fire and the sun.

Mokosz is the only important female deity in the Slavic pantheon. She was associated with fertility and agriculture. Her male counterpart was possibly Jaryło.

Chors, on the other hand, is a god who is sometimes considered the god of the sun (identified with Swaróg-Dadźbog), and sometimes the god of the moon.

Unfortunately, much of the information about Slavic mythology and their worshipped deities is speculative since we have few sources to reconstruct them.


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