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Is Baba Yaga always the antagonist, or sometimes the protagonist?

To my knowledge Baba Yaga was never the Hero (the character who we typically refer to as the protagonist) in any of the stories I have heard. Nevertheless, here is an academic reference that I've ...
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Slavic mythology, human-animal hybrid creature

Hejkal, Čatež, Jezinka. One is a black man completely coved in moss, lichen, grass and bracken. Very often with animal like claws and other features, such as small horns, or patches of fur or a tail....
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What is a Planetnik?

This is the abstract a paper published in an (apparently) respectable academic journal (2010): the russian original 'planetnik' is rendered as 'hobgoblin': In the regions of Orawa and Podhale, ...
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Was Chernobog evil, before Christians?

I think the most basic answer is no, more deeper answer would be not in the Christian way. Even from the Chronica Slavorum you can see that said Slavs didn't treat him in the way Christians treat the ...
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Are there any known records of pagan worship in early 13th century Europe?

Well, sources for Scandinavia during that period are generally scarce, so it is hard to say for sure. Most of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as well as the other colonies in the northern ...
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Link between mythological Czernobog and his hammer

I did some more research and found an article that references where Gaiman pulled some of the information from. As mentioned in another answer, Chernobog is the god of darkness, misery, etc. in Slavic ...
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Do vegetation deities tend to be connected with the Moon?

In terms of whether lunar deities in general tend to be connected to the moon, my high-level sense is that this is not the case per se, though I'd have to do more digging to be more definitive. ...
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Does Baba Yaga ever desire the heart of Koschei the Deathless?

So as @Nuloen The Seeker pointed out, Baba Yaga has a role as gardian of the dead and the underworld (The french Wikipedia seems to be the most complete one on Baba Yaga, maybe because more of ...
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What type of god is Semargl?

I'm afraid there isn't a lot we know about Simargl. What we do know is that he was part of Vladimir's pantheon, as mentioned in the Russian Primary Chronicle: Vladimir then began to reign alone in ...
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The Enchantress and the blue rose tree

Sir James George Frazer cited this story from the 1873 book Russian Folk-Tales by William Ralston Shedden-Ralston. Ralston, in turn, translated it from Ivan Khudyakov's 1861 collection Russian Fairy ...
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Was Chernobog evil, before Christians?

There seems to be some question as to whether or not Chernobog really existed before the Chronica Slavorum was written in the 12th century by Helmold of Bosau, a German priest. Helmold writes about a ...
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The Enchantress and the blue rose tree

The name of the book is The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, by Sir James George Frazer. The title of the chapter (number 66) is The External Soul. The name In Slavic Stories lets you know ...
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In what ways did the Rus worship their gods?

Stacey Watson wrote an article on "Vladimir's pantheon", which is a reference to Vladimir the Great's reform of the Slavic paganist practices by unifying them into one central cult that ...
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How did the gods in the Slavic pantheon relate to each other?

Any form of speculation onthe Slavic mythology is based on reconstruction. There are absolutely no written records, apart from foreign ones, or some descriptions of the opponents of these beliefs (...
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