I promise you, you haven’t seen anything as magical and captivating as these stunning pagan-themed photos representing the beauty of Slavic culture.
Slavic culture is a lot more than the simple things most people think of: vodka, fur hats, and the Orthodox church. However, one man wanted to show the world that there is much more to it than the over-simplified stereotypes.
Marcin Nagraba is a Polish photographer Marcin Nagraba who is taking us on an ancient journey to his Slavic roots – by transporting us all the way back to Pagan times.
For those who don’t know, Christianity appeared in the Slavic world somewhere between the 7th and 12th centuries. Before those times, the people of that area enjoyed a hearty does of mythology and polytheism.
Not much is known about the ancient rituals which took place, but explorers from the Byzantine Empire went to such lengths as to describe the Slavs of days before as ones who worshiped thunder and the earth – most likely this was referring to Perun, the highest god of the pantheon and the god of thunder and lightning just like Norse Thor or Greek Zeus.
Costume designer Agnieszka Osipa assisted the photographer, in creating breathtaking portraits which inspire within us the wonder and wisdom of ages past.
Take a moment to browse through these magnificent photographs and experience the captivating magic and ancient pagan beauty below.
1 Queen Of Thorns
2. Keeper Of Secrets
3. Snow Princess
4. Forest Spirit
5. Dream Oracle
6. Sea Nymph
7. Warrior Goddess
8. Animal Warden
9. Moonlit Sorrow
10. High Priestess
11. High Priestess
12. Peacock Revelation
13. Night Guardian
14. Ocean Protector
15. Jeweled Assassin
The Slavs perceived the world as enlivened by a variety of spirits, which they represented as persons and worshipped. These spirits included those of waters (mavka and rusalka), forests (lisovyk), fields (polyovyk), those of households (domovyk), those of illnesses, luck and human ancestors.
Many gods were regarded by kins (rod or pleme) as their ancestors, and the idea of ancestrality was so important that Slavic religion may be epitomised as a “manism” (i.e. worship of ancestors), though the Slavs did not keep genealogical records. The Slavs also worshipped star-gods, including the moon and the sun , the former regarded as male and the latter as female. The moon-god was particularly important, regarded as the dispenser of abundance and health, worshipped through round dances, and in some traditions considered the progenitor of mankind.
By GKT for MysticalRaven.com