The hunter in the Slavic tradition

Along with other “knowing” people (a shepherd, musician, blacksmith, etc.), the hunter was often believed to have magical abilities and witchcraft knowledge.

We continue to familiarize you with the customs and beliefs of the ancient Slavic people, while working on the animated fantasy comic book series. In such posts, as if jumping forward in time, we shed light upon and help to understand the events that will occur in our story … 😉

Hunting craft was passed within a family from generation to generation and was kept secret. Just like with a witchcraft, an elder hunter-sorcerer could teach an apprentice, who was subjected to various trials.

According to Russian beliefs, in order to hunt successfully, it was necessary to enter into a contract with Leshy (Borowy): without his permission, the hunter not only remained without prey, but could also get lost and die. The agreement had certain conditions, like not to take more prey than was allowed by Leshy, go hunting on certain days, etc. Otherwise, Leshy punished the hunter by whipping him with the tops of the trees or cursed him with a disease.

For the hunt to be successful, it was necessary to follow a number of prohibitions and prescriptions: for example, not to name some animals by their real name, but to use substitute names (thus, Russians avoided mentioning the raven, but called it “chicken” 🙂 ). There was a significant number of hunting spells to ensure abundant prey, to protect oneself and weapons from a curse, to drive away birds that interfere with hunting, particularly ravens. There were luck spells for hunting on hares, ducks, squirrels, bears, etc. The hunter pronounced a spell every time he went out on a hunt or enchanted various objects: a knife, a tree twig, bread, honey, a snowball, etc.

In addition to spells, numerous amulets were used to protect a hunter from wild beasts, and a hunting gear from an evil eye or curse. For example, it was believed that carrying a lynx claw could shield its owner from a predator and various dangers. Serbian hunters, in order to protect the caught prey from an evil eye, upon their return from the hunt, concealed the amount of prey and removed animal skin away from the prying eyes.

Source: “Slavic Antiquities” – encyclopedic dictionary in 5 volumes by Institute for Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Hunter in Slavic tradition

Hair in Slavic tradition

Do you believe in the hair magical powers?  😉

We continue to familiarize you with the customs and beliefs of the ancient Slavic people, while working on the animated fantasy comic book series. Here we will reveal a little secret – in such posts, as if jumping forward, we shed light upon and help to understand the events that will occur in our story …;)

HAIR, according to the ancient Slavic tradition, is the place of concentration of human vitality. In magic, cut off hair was perceived as a substitute (double) of a person. Thus, the hair that fell out during combing, could not be thrown away to prevent a witch to put a hex on you, etc. Or an evil person could cast a spell that would prevent a girl from getting married, when her hair is placed in the hollow of a tree. Therefore, people hid their hair in various crevices, buried it in the ground and at the crossroads, laid it under large stones, or burnt it.

The Slavs also believed in the special hair powers for healing and love magic. For example, Croatian girls, to bewitch young guys, tried to quietly put their hair in the food of their chosen ones. In Moravia, on the contrary, the guys sought to charm the girls, while carrying with them three hairs of their chosen ones twisted in a ring.

Source: “Slavic Antiquities” – encyclopedic dictionary in 5 volumes by Institute for Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Hair in Slavic tradition

Volk – villain or hero?

How do you imagine the personality of this character?  😉

We continue to work on the first story from the animated fantasy comic book series about the life, customs and beliefs of the Slavic tribes in the early Middle Ages.

Volk

What is our comics story about

Today we are going to share with you about the plot of the first story from a series devoted to life, customs and beliefs of the Slavic people in the early Middle Ages:

“Young hunter from the Slavic tribe Ledzanie (Lendians) goes after a boar into the forest, not expecting, that this will be the beginning of a longer journey full of unknown trials and adventures…”

What awaits him ahead? 😉 We’ll tell in the next posts… Stay tuned and follow the news on our channel!