Re: Re: Slavonic deities
- In a message dated 1/25/00 8:00:58 AM Central Standard Time, alastair@...
> C9th burials in St George's Basilica on Prague Castle, for example, showI tried to research this a few years ago (the period way, in libraries) and
> lots of lovely pre-Christian elements:
got only scraps and speculation. Interestingly, the best stuff I found was
at a Methodist-founded college. Such schools generally have a strong
'comparative religion' department. Various reports (no refs, I'm at sea) say
that pagan rites survived long after official Christianization in rural
areas, and often blended with Catholic rites (think voodoo). In the rush to
convert Poland, local Priests were often 'brevetted' on the fly without
formal training. There are seldom details, and those are unreliable as the
reports are complaints from outraged clergy apt to inflate a spring picnic
into a full-(un)dress bacchanalia (think witch hunts).
One Polish practice that I heard continued (continues?) into the 20th C in
rural areas was bowing to, or 'saluting' the sunrise/sunset.
- Steve Butler