Studying the religion of the Slavs and the German-Scandinavian peoples, experts came to the conclusion that the picture of the world in both cases has many similarities and common details. These people concatenated the organization of the universe with the image of the World Tree, which was kind of so called binder between the Lower World, the Earth and the 9 worlds of Scandinavians (Slavs have 9 skies). The pagan symbols Tree of life were often depicted on amulets. The pantheons of the gods of these peoples are also very similar to each other. In which way does this similarity appear?
Many of the gods of the Slavs have similar features with the gods of the Scandinavians, and they perform the same functions, and at times even have similar attributes (pagan symbols can serve as a vivid example of this: Thor’s hammer and Perun’s ax). In addition, the gods are divided into light and dark, in both cultures, there are references to mortal gods, and the dominant role is always occupied by one god (who bestows all kinds of blessings). At the same time, it is possible to mark out the TOP-5 of the most authoritative gods in one and another culture, the attributes of whom turned out to be pagan symbols of protection from evil and various misfortunes.
Odin vs Veles
Odin. In Scandinavian religion, Odin is the supreme god and also leader and father of the Ace and people. In the skaldic sagas, Odin is called the Father of the armed forces, the Father of the gods, the High and the All-Great. If “Elder Edda” to be trusted, then Odin most often appeared in the form of a stranger in a wide-brimmed hat – exactly in this guise, he wandered through the worlds.
Prior to the appearance of Odin, there was another character in the universe, the first Ace Bir (Odin’s father and the son of the first man Storm). The mother of the supreme god of the Scandinavians was Bostla (a woman from the genus of giants, the mother of the Ace). The only symbol that identified this god could be called Valknut “knot of the fallen”, which is successfully used by pagan jewelry designers.
Veles. In Slavic mythology, Veles is one of the most significant deities of the ancient world. His main merit (the same as Odin’s one in Scandinavian religion) is that he actuated the created world. Mother of Veles was the Universal Cow whose name was Zemun. That is why the symbol of this god was the image of a bull’s head. The symbol of Veles is a pagan symbols of power over the world, the symbol of wealth and grandeur. Quite often you can find a pagan ring with this inscription.
Perun vs Tor
Perun. In the religion of Slavic peoples, thunder, thunderstorm and lightning are the powers of the Perun God. He was presented as an elderly infuriated man with a powerful physique. He had a thick red beard, the same color as a thundercloud and black with silver hair. In the sky, he rode on a chariot drawn by winged horses. The Thunderer’s weapon was an ax that possessed miraculous power. The pagan pendant with such an image promised the support and prop of this great and imposing god.
Thor. In the Scandinavian religion, Thor is a great warrior, the god of thunder and the son of the great and well-known Odin. Thor patronaged the simple warriors and was a true embodiment of fortitude and courage. Since Thor was the son of the All-the-Greatest, he occupied the second most important place in the pantheon of the Old Norse gods. He was described as a strong hero with a red beard (as well as Perun) on the chariot, which had a truly divine power and indefatigable disposition.
Thor’s weapon is the powerful hammer Mjolnir, which became a pagan symbol helping to overcome all life’s difficulties.
Makosh vs Frigg
Frigg. In Scandinavian mythology, Frigg is one of the few supreme goddesses, Odin’s wife. Often she is called, as the mother of all the Aces, the wisest of the goddesses. Her main merits are reduced to the patronage of fertility, the family hearth, and all this is not surprising because in some sources she is referred to the goddess of love and marriage. Eddic texts also speak of Frigga’s prophetic gift, of her knowledge of the destinies of all people and gods (she was spinning the threads of fate). That is why the pagan symbols for love is a spinning wheel, in the form of which Frigg was depicted on amulets and talismans.
Makosh. The goddess Makosh complies with the Scandinavian goddess Frig on several characteristics. She is also the patroness of women, the family hearth, and fertility. In addition, Makosh is the supreme goddess in Slavic mythology and, at the same time, a spinner, the one who spins the destinies of people and gods. Pagan symbols for love among the Slavs included a spindle, which corresponded to the goddess Makosh.
Baldur vs Yarilo
Baldur. Scandinavians often have references to Baldr, the beautiful god of light and spring. He was so good-looking and juvenile that at times he really emitted light. He symbolized the spring and the rebirth of the world. According to the legend, Baldur died from the released arrow, which led not only to his death but to the death of the whole world (later the universe was reborn). Pagan design jewelry includes twigs of mistletoe, which represent amulets of Baldur. A pagan necklace with such elements looks incredibly tender and unusual.
Yarilo. Some resemblance to Baldur has the god of the Slavic religion Yarilo (both of them were mortal gods). Yarilo were appearing in the image of a young fervent man on a white horse, on his head he wore a wreath with wildflowers. Yarilo – is god of the sun who symbolized passion, youthful strength and indefatigable longing for life. This deity sent sun rays on the earth and patronized people with his pure heart. The arrow, the spear, the golden circle (the Sun) all these are symbols of Yarilo, and all of them are used in jewelry pagan ring jewellery, pendants, amulets.
Freyr vs Dazhdbog
Freyr. In the Scandinavian pagan religion this divinity was the god of fertility and bright sunlight. It was he who was the grantor and the giver of many blessings to all those who was asking him help. Sources describe Freyr as the kindest, brightest and merciful God who could not put up with quarrels and negative thoughts. No wonder that Freyr was one of the most handsome gods of Scandinavia. His attribute (oddly enough) is the sword, which Freyr preferred not to use. He is the one who became the pagan symbols of luck.
Dazhdbog. In the Slavic culture, the god being responsible for fertility was Dazhdbog. It is not without a reason he received such a spoken name because the word “dazh” means “to give”.