Labor, northern Croatia, when the last sheaf of wheat was cut, it was
thrown as high up as possible in the air with these words: „God give us
bread as tall as this“.
a wreath was made from the sheaf and wild flowers and was placed on the
head of the most beautiful harvest girl. She would then take it to the
field owner’s house. What this girl looked like can be seen on this
picture from Ukraine where they had similar ritual.
In Ukraine it was important that the girl was also a virgin. This is in accordance with many other Slavic fertility rituals which directly link female fertility and Earth fertility. Earth being „Virgin mother“ is here represented by human virgin….
I Labor, the rest of the female harvesters would walk along with the girl carrying the wheat wreath singing:
Terrible storms hit Serbia yesterday and today. Crops were destroyed, houses damaged, people killed.
Serbian the expression „On vedri i oblači“ means „he rules“, „he has
absolute control, absolute power“. Literally this expression means „he
makes the sky clear and cloudy“… Storm clouds over northern Serbia…
You can read more about this in my post „The power of the Thunder Giant“
can see why agricultural societies, like the Early Slavic society,
would consider the Sky God, Perun to be the Supreme god… Procopius,
6th c. Byzantine historian, who tells us that the Slavs “believe that
one god, the maker of lightning, is alone lord of all things…
Interestingly the 2nd of August is the old day of Perun, Slavic Thunder god. Painting depicting Perun by Andrey Shishkin.
I like that Shishkin depicted Perun with a blazing sun on his chest. This is because Perun’s day falls in the middle of Kresovi (Fires), the hottest part of the year in the Northern hemisphere. You can read more about this in my post „Two Crosses„
This is why the 2nd of August is also the day of Helios, The burning sun. Today in Serbia known as the the day of St Elijah. St Elijah who every year gets so angry, that he wants to burn the world into cinder… Very saint like
During the periods of severe droughts, in a small Belarusian village, 9 windows would go to the Dabog (Giving God) stone, lift it using the stakes as leavers, and would perform a special prayer to the stone asking it to send down the rain.