Slavic Traditions & Mythology (Paperback)
"Slavic Traditions & Mythology" is the fourth book by Stefan Cvetkovic which sums up his research in the field of Slavic mythology. The book explores the pre-Christian Slavic customs, symbols and myths from the deepest parts of prehistory up to our contemporary folklore. As such it is a book valuable not only to people of Slavic descent who wish to find out more about their roots, but to all European people as it shows that most of the symbols and mythical motifs are actually common to all of Europe, and stem from the same prehistoric root. It is a book which explains all the essential symbols related to the Slavic pre-Christian culture and separates them from the many New Age inventions. Furthermore, this book can serve as a practical tool to anyone who wants to apply the knowledge in his daily life, going through all the major festivals of the calendar and showing how to properly celebrate them, as our ancestors once did. The deities are also explored, clearly defining those of them which were really honoured by the ancient Slavic people, and which ones are results of the misinterpretations of various scholars through history. The myths related to the deities and other mythical beings are explained in detail through a microcosmic and macrocosmic perspective, with a special emphasis on the Slavic ancestral cult as an inseparable element from them. It is a book full of illustrations representing the different chronological variations of the symbols, archaeological finds related to the Slavic cultures, embroidery motifs, tombstones, representations of the deities, and much more. It is not a book which leaves open questions and doubts regarding the Slavic mythology, but provides insight, depth and meaning for one who truly wishes to know the primordial culture of our forebears.