Happy Black God Day lol

The Man

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A bit late now, but February 29th for pagans in Russia and other Slavic countries is the Day of Koschei, also known among Russian pagans as Chernobog or Black God, also, Cherniy Zmei (Black Serpent) the darkest, most evil deity in the Slavic pagan pantheon
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According to folklore, Koschei cannot be killed by conventional means targeting his body. His soul is hidden separate from his body inside a needle, which is in an egg, which is in a duck, which is in a hare, which is in an iron chest (sometimes the chest is crystal and/or gold), which is buried under a green oak tree, which is on the island of Buyan, in the ocean. As long as his soul is safe, he cannot die. If the chest is dug up and opened, the hare will bolt away. If it is killed, the duck will emerge and try to fly off. Anyone possessing the egg has Koschei in their power. He begins to weaken, becomes sick and immediately loses the use of his magic. If the egg is tossed about, he likewise is flung around against his will. If the egg or needle is broken (in some tales this must be done by specifically breaking it against Koschei's forehead), Koschei will die.

The word Koschei comes from Koschiun or "Denier", because it is believed he "denies the immortality of the human soul".
 

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On that day, traditional pagans burn effigies of Koschei

and, at midnight February 29th-March 1st, crush eggs in their hands, as a symbol of killing the evil God.

And the darker youth subcultures in Russian (and also Ukrainian, Belorussian, etc) cities have Koschei-themed parties to celebrate him

 
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Note to [MENTION=16063]The Man[/MENTION] - I appreciate all the stuff you post regarding culture in your part of the world. It's fascinating and offers valuable perspective on how diverse people are.

Thanks. :)
 
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A bit late now, but February 29th for pagans in Russia and other Slavic countries is the Day of Koschei, also known among Russian pagans as Chernobog or Black God, also, Cherniy Zmei (Black Serpent) the darkest, most evil deity in the Slavic pagan pantheon
темaÂ*— 29 Ñ„ÐµÐ²Ñ€Ð°Ð»Ñ â€” День КащеÑ-Чернобога, только в запиÑÑÑ… из блогов — ЯндекÑ.ПоиÑк по блогам




According to folklore, Koschei cannot be killed by conventional means targeting his body. His soul is hidden separate from his body inside a needle, which is in an egg, which is in a duck, which is in a hare, which is in an iron chest (sometimes the chest is crystal and/or gold), which is buried under a green oak tree, which is on the island of Buyan, in the ocean. As long as his soul is safe, he cannot die. If the chest is dug up and opened, the hare will bolt away. If it is killed, the duck will emerge and try to fly off. Anyone possessing the egg has Koschei in their power. He begins to weaken, becomes sick and immediately loses the use of his magic. If the egg is tossed about, he likewise is flung around against his will. If the egg or needle is broken (in some tales this must be done by specifically breaking it against Koschei's forehead), Koschei will die.

The word Koschei comes from Koschiun or "Denier", because it is believed he "denies the immortality of the human soul".

I composed a work three years ago called "Tschernobog", for Tenor, Piano and Clarinet.
 
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On that day, traditional pagans burn effigies of Koschei

and, at midnight February 29th-March 1st, crush eggs in their hands, as a symbol of killing the evil God.

And the darker youth subcultures in Russian (and also Ukrainian, Belorussian, etc) cities have Koschei-themed parties to celebrate him

Yes, I hear it is real big in the city of Samara.
 

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Note to [MENTION=16063]The Man[/MENTION] - I appreciate all the stuff you post regarding culture in your part of the world. It's fascinating and offers valuable perspective on how diverse people are.

Thanks. :)
Diverse yet similar. These types of dark, evil entities are present in most mythologies. :)

Yes, I hear it is real big in the city of Samara.
Maybe, who knows. It all originated in Novgorod (Great Novgorod, in the North, not Nizhny Novgorod).
 

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