Fortune and Fertility Rites among the Pre-Christian Western Slavs<br>Fortuna e riti di fertilità presso gli slavi occidentali precristiani</br>

  • Juan Antonio Álvarez-Pedrosa Catedrático de Lingüística Indoeuropea, Departamento de Filologia Griega y Lingüistica Indoeuropea, Facultad de Filologiá, despacho A-10, Universidad Compluntense de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria, ES-28040 Madrid, Espagna
Keywords: Fertility Rites, Reconstruction of Slavic Pre-Christian religion, Western Slavs, Saxo Grammaticus, Sventovit of Arkona, Thietmar of Merseburg, St. Otto of Bamberg

Abstract

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.

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Published
2012-10-15
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Álvarez-PedrosaJA. Fortune and Fertility Rites among the Pre-Christian Western Slavs<br>Fortuna e riti di fertilità presso gli slavi occidentali precristiani</br&gt;. Studia [Internet]. 2012Oct.15 [cited 2020Aug.15];15(1):157-68. Available from: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/sms/article/view/1580
Section
RAZISKOVALNE METODE IN INTERPRETACIJE LJUDSKEGA IZROČILA / RESEARCH METHODS AND INTERPRETATIONS OF FOLK TRADITIONS