Sunday, 22 March 2020

Twelfth Century stone relief, thought to represent Slavic Sun God Svetovid (Svantovit) holding cornucopia (horn of plenty). The stone was found in Altenkirchen, Rügen, Germany…

German chroniclers recorded that the main annual religious ceremony performed by the Baltic Slavs was performed at the end of the harvest at the beginning of November (Samhain?). And it involved Svetovid, his „drinking horn“, and giant breads…Probably like this one still made in Serbia for Christmas…

The priest looked at Svetovid’s horn to see if the drink in it was evaporating. If so, the harvest would be poor the next year, and the people should save something of their current harvest for next year. If the drink did not disappear, that foretold a bountiful year…

There was also there as an offering an oval-shaped honey cake which stood „almost as tall as a man“. The priest would stand behind it and would ask the people if they could see him. When they answered „yes“, he would then wished them that next year they should not see him at all…Meaning that the honey cake (bread) offered to the god next year would be even bigger, because the harvest would be even better… More in my post „Can you see me


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