Pagan symbols and their meanings
In those distant times, when in all countriespaganism, or polytheism, people spiritualized the things around them and the phenomenon. As a rule, there were many gods among the Egyptians, among the ancient Celts and Vikings, among the Greeks, Slavs, Chinese and Hindus. No one professed monotheism.
Faith in one god appeared much later, as civilization developed. For the formation of the state, a strong cementing force was needed, which polytheism was unlikely to personify.
The ambiguity of the term
However, the faith of our distant ancestors, whichconfession was not one century, and all that is associated with it - the gods themselves, pagan symbols, endowed with a sacred meaning and containing certain desires to the descendants, laid in amulets - all this is interesting, since much of the distant past has come in our days . But the term "paganism" implies not only polytheism, or faith in many gods. It is used today to denote all religions, except Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Such world religions as Hinduism and Brahmanism, Buddhism and Confucianism and all the rest are also denoted by the term "paganism". This word means the pre-Christian faith of our ancestors. Holidays of primitive peoples, rituals and beliefs are also called paganism.
New Old Faith
Recently, interest in all the paganincreased. There are more and more supporters of ancestral ethnic faith. There is even a new term denoting these movements, neopaganism, although the adherents of the people's tradition themselves treat it extremely negatively. Of course, modern adherents of paganism have many obstacles in the way of cognizing the clan faith - non-theistic religions (belief in polytheism) have been harshly persecuted for centuries, everything that had to do with the faith of distant ancestors was mercilessly destroyed. Of course, neopaganism will differ from the patrimonial faith, because much of the unknown is thought out, and not always by professionals.
The main objects of worship
In any case, interest in ancient history is growing, special attention is paid to pagan symbols. Each people has gods, personifying the earth, the sky, water, air - all four elements.
And there is always a god, and he is one of thethe most important in any religion, personifying the underground kingdom (people are mortal, and more often than not their bodies betrayed the earth). But the most important signs are the symbols of the sun. They are, if not in all, in many pagan religions.
The pagan symbol of the sun was also in our ancientancestors. Old Slavic mythology is no less interesting than the Ancient Greek, but if the gods and heroes of the latter were glorified by poets since the 7th century AD, then in Russia, with the adoption of the official faith, paganism was categorically forbidden. But it was, and in the course of its long existence, like any religion or culture, it has only grown up with esoteric symbols (secret, secret) symbols and signs that contain knowledge and concepts about the world around them.
Not only faith
Expressed in the simplest geometric elements,symbols went into folk patterns and ornaments, with which clothes, weapons, homes and utensils were adorned. They were passed on from generation to generation, and it was not possible to destroy the memory of them. Pagan symbols are an integral part of the whole life of pre-Christian Russia. Slavic paganism is not only a stage in the spiritual development of the ancient Slavs (ancient), based on mythology and magic, but also a special cultural model of society that existed for quite some time after the baptism of Rus.
Impersonation of Evil
That the ancients were well oriented in the systemit is not a secret for anyone. All their knowledge they enclose in symbols, which to our days are preserved many. To get acquainted with them is extremely interesting.
The only, but big trouble isthat the brightest and most joyful solar sign of the Sun - the swastika - became for many years the personification of an unprecedented evil. Pagan signs and symbols are very numerous - only swastikas of various modifications amount to one and a half hundred. But there is no other such symbol in the world that in the minds of billions of people would not be so connected with evil and that would be so eloquent. And no matter how hard scientists are trying to prove the true meaning of this solar sign, no one ever sees the swastika painted on the wall, and does not think that it was portrayed by a man who worshiped the sun and sang it. Absolutely every person on this planet knows exactly what the convinced fascist drew. The rivers of blood spilled by the bearers of this sign in the twentieth century changed its meaning forever.
Originally a symbol of the sun
However, the current admirers of paganism, and even scientiststoo, can calmly say that swarga, or swastika - a symbol of the sun, more precisely, its movement in the sky. You just need to take note of this by studying pagan symbols and their meanings. The ancient Slavs have many signs about which one can learn many interesting things. In fairness, it should be noted that the swastika as a symbol of the sun, that is, the main symbol of faith or worship, is found in many peoples scattered throughout all continents.Tetraxel (four rays) is depicted on the ancientBuddhist temples and even on the chest of the statue of Buddha, find it also on the ancient altars of France, it can be found on the cover of the Gospel in England and on the ancient homespun carpets of Central America, and even on Chinese coins. There was a swarga in Ancient Egypt, Armenia, Iran, India and on the attire of Orthodox clergymen. In different nations, it symbolized, in addition to the sun, the movement of life, light, prosperity and fertility. In Russia, the swastika was called the Kolovrat, and its rays were directed to the left, the saline.
Multifaceted and numerous
Symbolized, as noted above,the cycle of the sun. Found it even on ancient icons. This indicates that the swastika originally personified good. And even after accepting Orthodoxy, the Slavs remembered paganism for a long time. Data on the number of swastikas used in Russia vary greatly, from 77 in some articles to 144 in others. All of them are distinguished by the number of rays, their direction, color and shape. Among the solar symbols, the most well-known are the "thunder sign", "the eight-ray cone", "triksel" (three beams). Pagan symbols of the Slavs glorify movement, the sun, life-giving moisture, in general, the fullness of life.
One of the main solar symbols
The cross also refers to solar (solar)signs. By itself, it is quite important, and the prisoner in a circle - even more so. The cross is a symbol of life, heaven and eternity. These signs are also different: straight and oblique, with four, eight and twelve rays, etc. For example, a straight cross can serve as a primitive model of the Tree of Life. According to another version, four rays of a similar solar sign denote four sides of the world. The cross in the circle is also a symbol of the sun. As already mentioned, the number of rays is different, but this does not affect the main meaning of the sign, only the interpretation changes. The eight-pointed cross, enclosed in a circle or "wheel," was used on Shrovetide - tarred, set on fire, floating down the hill, it symbolized the change of seasons. And, at the same time, the eight-ray Kolovrat is a symbol of the god Svarog. And it is under this sign of wisdom and justice that a revival of the present paganism takes place.
Both Rod and Perun in one symbol
The six-pointed cross in the circle is the sign of the god Perun.He was usually portrayed in armor. Perun - a god of thunder, in the pantheon of Prince Vladimir, he leads the list of the gods. But the same six-beam cross, enclosed in a circle, is also the symbol of Rod - the Grandfather of the Gods, the Legislator of the Rule and the Great Almighty. Probably, there are some subtleties that are known to new idolaters, and even scientists. Because superficial knowledge leads to a dead end: the symbol of what an ancient god is a six-beam cross, enclosed in a circle?
There are opinions that the first Christianideologists borrowed from the ancient Slavs a sacred sign of fire. They not only stole it, but completely changed its meaning, transforming the symbol of the triumphant life into a crucifixion, personifying not only suffering and suffering, grief and death, but also submissiveness and meek humility that runs counter to the faith of the freedom-loving admirers of the heavenly and earthly fire. Whether or not Christians have stolen our symbol, but the Old Russian cross is older than the Christian one for a millennium and really carries a different semantic load. Although this is certainly a subjective view.
Pagan Slavic gods
The symbols of the pagan gods are very diverse andare numerous. Each of them - Svarog and Lada, Chernivita and Mary, Stribog and Svyatovit, Yarovita (Yarilo) and Dodola - have their own personal signs. To the host of the main ancient Slavic gods, revered in Russia, also include Royan and Belobog, Dazhdbog and Zhiva, Veles and Makosh, Radegast and Ruevit, Svorzic and Proov, Morok and Chur, and Viy, Khors and Kolyada, Kupalo and Tausen, Nemiza and Rarog. These are the gods who have their own symbols. Of course, those named at the end of the list, they are lower in rank than the same Makosh and Dazhdbog. And somehow it happened that we have reached - obviously, thanks to Russian folk tales - representatives of the lower levels of the hierarchical ladder, which have no symbols whatsoever. We are talking about geese, water, house, bannery and other "evil spirits." All of them are frequent heroes of animated films.
Symbolism of nature
Looking further at the pagan symbols and theirmeanings, we meet the symbolism of Nature, Earth and fertility. These signs are multifaceted and numerous. Perhaps the most famous of these is the rhombus or square, divided into four more similar figures. This is a field symbol. If inside each diamond there is a point, then this is a sown piece of land, no point - empty. Hollow rhombus generally personifies what can never give birth. Often there is a symbol of birds and forests.
Information from the past
More pagan symbols of the Slavs are divided into signspersonifying water (heavens - heaven, filled with life-giving moisture necessary for plant life), air and space, fire (heavenly and earthly), two beginnings - male and female. There is even the symbolism of the ideal and the heavenly bodies. There are a lot of sacral signs, which, however, is not surprising, since you cannot tell about the wealth of the world through a dozen images. Ancient pagan symbols are not just drawings and patterns, they have a deep meaning, they carry the knowledge that our distant ancestors possessed. Although much has been lost, still a very large number of symbols and images have come down to us, which we have yet to decipher.
Protect from everything
Now it is very fashionable to wear pagancharms It is believed that they hold in themselves the sacral power of our distant ancestors and have powerful protective properties. Residents of our country, even deeply Orthodox believers, mostly believe in omens, evil eye and slander. And if before they only avoided black cats and spat over their shoulders, now many sincerely believe in the defensive power of ancient amulets. And even often they are worn without removing the pectoral cross - so reliable. And then, the charms offered in large quantities are very beautiful. The pagan symbols of the Slavs and their meaning are a whole layer of the ancient culture, faith and traditions of our ancestors. Unfortunately, few of the current generation are even superficially familiar with this topic. And efficient sellers, using this, offer amulets for all occasions.
There are separate charms for women and men. And now also for Slavic beauties - ugly or elderly women, presumably, are protected from some sort of trouble and misery. But for them there are separate characters, such, for example, as "Makosh". This goddess of earth and fertility takes the family under her protection. It is better for young girls to turn their attention to such a jewel-charm as “Lada-Theotokos”. It is the goddess of youth, love, beauty and health. Very beautiful and powerful sacred sign - "Lunnitsa". Especially it is recommended for pregnant women, as well as “Rozhanitsa”. “Svadebnik” is very popular now - a sign of the newlyweds. Such a talisman was handed to the bride. “Deer-grass”, “Prayer”, “Yarilo” (this symbol is also suitable for men) also belong to women's amulets. The most powerful is considered "Alatyr." Our ancestors endowed this eight-leaf with power over time and the flow of life. And there is a symbol intended only for babies - “Radinets”. Heavenly amulet was depicted in cradles and cradles. He carried the newborn child peace, peace and protection.
Slavic pagan symbols of representativesstrong sex is not so numerous, but also spectacular and effective. So, "Sekira Peruna" is a sign of a male warrior. The Dukhobor, the All-Slav and the Seal of Veles serve as a guaranteed defense against all misfortunes. It is recommended for the correct selection of the necessary amulet to look closely at the proposed range. “Your” talisman will surely make itself known.
I must say that charms that came from distantpagan times, made not only in the form of suspensions with some kind of sign. There are many pupae to which our ancestors attached great importance. Before making them, the house was cleanly cleaned, the dolls were made only of fabric and thread without the use of scissors and needles. They had no faces, because pre-Christians believed that evil forces could penetrate the product through their eyes. "Nurse", "Toast" and "Pokosnitsa" - the most common ones. Each had its own purpose and its own circle of protected objects.
Origins need to know
Old Russian pagan symbols sonumerous that even list them in one article is impossible. They write a lot about them now, because this topic is really very interesting - such a huge layer of culture rises, which was not allowed to talk about for a long time. But this long-term period of the life of our country must be considered in close connection with the subsequent stages of the development of Russia and Russia, while in no way opposing it to Orthodoxy or atheism. This is the history of our Motherland - from paganism to the present times, including all types of empires and all religions. An interest has arisen in antiquity, in its symbols, in the way of life, I like to find out where these or other concepts have come from - please understand, why not? If only this all did not carry in itself a destructive beginning. Studying the traditional patterns of patriarchal antiquity is not only interesting, such knowledge helps to understand a lot in modern times.