Folklore: Old Slavic Velja Noc


Old ‘Velja Noc’ is the Slavic New Year’s Eve. Living relatives, are visited by the Spirits of the Dead! Lord of the Dead ‘Veles’, over looks the event. Veles is much like Loki the Norse trickster god.


Slavs wearing wool costumes, animal masks and horns ramble through the villages representing the dead, and a grain effigy of the Morana of the last year was burned. Jarilo and Morano are born of Perun (god of the sky) Solntse (goddess of the Sun).
Veles steals Jarilo and rears him in Virey, realm of the dead.



Author: Nifty Buckles

Soaring across the winter Folklore skies around our world :)

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