STUDIA MYTHOLOGICA SLAVICA
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STUDIA MYTHOLOGICA SLAVICA 2, 1999

Roman Zaroff:

Organized Pagan Cult in Kievan Rus .
The Invention of Foreign Elite or Evolution of Local Tradition?

Abstract

The article attempts to address a common notion in the English speaking world that the pre-Christian Slavic religion was basically animistic. And that personified and anthropomorphic Slavonic deities,known from medieval sources, were a foreign invention.In particular this arti- cle focuses on the pagan Kievan cult of the late 10th century as institutionalized by Vladimir the Great. As the Eastern Slavic religion did not evolve in a vacuum, the article analyses it within the broader Slavic and Indo-European context.

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