God Perun - Thunder and Lightning Lord
The history of development of the human race is filledvarious traditions and beliefs, which for the most part do not withstand any constructive criticism. However, there is something before even the most unyielding skeptics fall - legends and myths about religion. So, everyone knows for sure that paganism has started the development of modern spiritual views. Ancient Slavs living in the territory of modern South and Eastern Europe, worshiped a huge number of gods, the main one being the god Perun - the son of Svarog. To date, evidence of the worship of Thunderbolts is found all over the world.
The very first mention of it is to the worldOld Slavonic treaties, manuscripts and annals. One of the most striking examples is the well-known Tale of Bygone Years, in which the god Perun is represented as one of the six main pagan Slavic gods.
It is worth noting that this Pantocrator wasthe master of lightning, thunder and rain. According to some sources, he was identified with a crop and fertility. The cult of reverence of Perun was especially bright during the reign of Prince Vladimir Svyatoslavovich, also known as the "Red Sun". It was then that this god-thunderer became revered as the patron of the squad and warriors. In those days, a huge number of temples appeared, where there were services, the eternal witness of which was eternal fire.
Perun - the god of heaven, but also the earth was considered hispatrimony. The immediate authority of his subordinated fields, forests and groves. Therefore, it is not surprising that in those times it was considered sacrilege and sacrilege to tear off a branch from a reserved tree. For such a sin followed the inevitable punishment. A special value was given to the oak grove. It was believed that among the powerful age-old branches of this tree, a mighty supreme power hides during a thunderstorm. Proceeding from this, the Slavs believed that if a lightning struck the oak tree, the god Perun was angry and pointed out that people had angered him.
Sometimes, as a sacrifice, the Almighty was broughtanimals, most often wild boars. It was believed that the boar is a product of evil, and to combat it one must bring gifts to Perun. In addition, many novellas and chronicles claim that even the people fell on the altar to pay for great sins and to placate God. It should be noted that blood offerings were very rare: usually only once a year, in July.
It is worth saying that the god of Perun isthe patron saint of ferns. It was believed that only the father of the whole Earth is able to give him flowers. The ancient temples and sanctuaries sometimes had a shape reminiscent of the octagon of the fern. The ancient Slavs called this plant only "Perunov color". They sacredly believed that on the night of Ivan Kupala, God dealt with unclean forces with the help of lightning, thunder and thunder. It is from the charge sent to the earth that the fern blooms.
Some sources claim that there are records,representing the commandments of the god Perun. In total there are 33. Each of them teaches a person to be better, purer and more truthful, punishes how to live in harmony with oneself and the world.