Tuesday, June 03, 2003, 6:12:07 PM, you wrote:
AM> According to my trusty 'Akademicky slovnik cizich slov', "z'rec" [zhrets] is
AM> the correct word in Czech for a pagan priest ""particularly among the
AM> Slavs"". Said z'rec made the sacrifice of the "z'ertva" [zhertva] or
AM> The origin for both words is claimed as Russian... can anyone confirm the
Old Russian maybe? The verb zherati (first vowel is the same sound &
letter as the first vowel in "Bulgaria") - sacrifice as a priest - is
mentioned in Old Russian texts depicting events of 10-12 centuries.
AM> original Russian words please? (And I'm assuming that the roots lie rather
AM> deeper than in contemporary Russian, but who knows...?)
Maybe it's indoeuropean, but I'm no specialist in shifting of
consonants in the course of years. At least, "druid" has different
meaning, as well as "wlkodlak", etc.