One of the most honored gods in the mythology of the ancient Slavs was Perun the northern God of warriors, patron of valor and thunder, the most renowned and brave among his brothers Svarozhich, the youngest son of Svarog and Lada. He was the saint patron of men-at-war, warriors, princes, campaigns, military art and of valiant power. According to many sources, the high Slavic divinity acted as the provider of the harvest and the rain. He was an allegory of the invincible power of the Light and Invincibility, the one constantly conquering the power of Darkness. Old Slavonic men, who sought protection and patronage from Norse god of warriors, had the consciousness of a fighter, a true warrior who was ready to respond to the thrust and to go towards the victory.
It is not surprising that the Slavs, who at that time lived in unity with nature and worship of all Deities, pictured the symbols of Perun on their charms and talismans. You could meet in everyday life, rituals and traditions of the Slavs: Slavic charm, Slavic ring, pole-axe, necklaces, Slavic wedding ring. The sign of the deity was the main defensive props of the warrior, the greatest talisman because it possessed the strongest energy, helped to strengthen the military principle, gave strength, helped in confronting evil and fighting.
History and legends
The ancient Slavs usually generated their associations of the heavenly fire with military equipment, and in particular with the pole-axes. This tool was for strong thrusts had a short handle and a wide blade.
From immemorial time, the appearance of the male talisman is associated with the ancient tradition. According to the legend, sunlight was stolen by the crafty Serpent, and only the power of the God in Slavic mythology of Perun and the power of the pole-axe could defeat the monster and return the light to the people. In the legend, there is a symbolic underlying theme, which speaks of the magical power of the amulet, which allows you to win not only over the physical but also the energetic aspect to get rid of and overcome the hostile spirit. That is why the ancient Slavic jewelry for men very often had the symbol of the pole-axe, which was a guard for all powerful and strong of this world.
Varieties of Perun necklace and pendants
This symbol adorned Slavic pagan jewelry items: pendants, coulombs, necklaces, beads. Perun jewelry items were the most powerful talismans providing support for the Divine part of the world, that’s why they were always taken by soldiers, men who went to protect the lands or those who went to the battle. In the 12th century, women were allowed to use Perun’s amulet, but in a composition with beads and other talismans.
At that time, there were many ancient Slavic jewelry items:
- Slavic pendants with the sign of a hammer, which was with the god-Thunderer. As you know, people of that time of any cultures believed in higher Deities. It is believed that Perun and Thor were connected and embodied one and the same character, only in different cultures. The Greeks believed in Zeus the god of lightning and thunder, who fulminate. Thor was the chief deity of the Scandinavians and wore Thor’s hammer everywhere, and the Slavic Perun who slashed the enemies with the pole-axe. People over all continents believed in the same thing, that’s why ancient jewelry very often had a similar external symbolism.
- Silver pendants in the form of a symbol of Perun – Gromovik and Grozovik, which were often decorated with an ornamental pattern with the display of a snake. The Slavic pagan jewellery served as the strongest military sign-amulet. Gromovik was a sign of the defender, belonged to the martial arts and often served as a decoration for the weapon. Grozovik represented the protection, was a symbol of the amulet, the protector of the elements.
- Slavic charm. Such Slavic amulet had the appearance of beads, which were worn on bracelets, pendants and necklaces. They were used to protect against evil spirits, diseases, disasters and other misfortunes. Beads were decorated with the special patterns so it could become a powerful talisman. Men wore amulets featuring the ax, lightning and other attributes of the Perun god. Zigzag symbols on the charms gave the one who wore it the power of lightning, and thanks to concentric lines that were depicted on the talisman the warrior received the energy of the Sun. Lunula pendants, kolovrat pendants, lunula necklace were also in common.
A huge amount of Slavic amulets is dedicated to Perun jewelry. The display of his permanent attributes in the battle on the adornments pole-axes, Gromovik and Grozovik, gave perun axe pendant and perun axe necklace. Most often on the adornments of that time, were decorated with the Perun’s pole-axe. And this is not surprising. It was considered as an inevitable sign-guardian. Princes, warriors and men-at-war, preparing themselves for war or campaigns, certainly defended themselves, wearing pendants and necklaces with the coulombs in the form of axes.
Such a sign of a warrior is still a wonderful talisman today. It brings good luck in a vital “fight”, helps to protect its owner from difficulties and intrigues, and also gives the energy and physical strength. At the same time, such ancient Slavs jewelry looks extremely interesting and original.