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Slavic and Turkic Gods

Discussion in 'European Mythology' started by Vouthon, May 31, 2016.

  1. Vouthon

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    Does anyone here worship Slavic gods such as Perun:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perun

    Or the Turkic gods of Tengriism, originally worshipped by Bulgarians and Hungarians among other European peoples originating from a Turkish, nomadic tribal background?

    http://www.tengri.hu/index.php/en/cere

    I find Perun and Tengri to be fascinating deities, yet modern followers of Indigenous faiths and/or neopagans don't seem to worship them - I usually only see Norse, Celtic and Greco-Roman gods worshipped in the contemporary "pantheon".

    I feel that Western European deities tend to be much more popular than Eastern European deities. Why so?
     
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    *Listens and waits for answers* O.O
     
  3. The Emperor of Mankind

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    I think we had a Tengrist called 'Tengri' a little while ago. I'm not sure what happened to him.
     
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    Messaged him about 6 months ago, he never replied
     
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    When I search for his post history there isn't any; but his name still appears when I type in part of it.
     
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  6. lovesong

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    I don't worship them particularly, but I do believe in them. I am what you could call and omni-polytheist, or someone who believes in all pantheons. This would obviously include the European ones you mentioned, despite being somewhat unpopular today. I can't say I know about the particular gods you mentioned, but I have no quarrel with learning! There are groups in many European countries that have gone back to their roots and do worship these lesser known pantheons, but I don't think we have any on here. You mentioned that you seem to only see Celtic, Greco-Roman, Norse, ect. gods in popular Paganism. I see this too and I feel that it is probably due to resources. We simply know more about those gods because of the records left by their people. I don't know if that's completely true but it's my guess.
     
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    I think it's because Eastern Europe and Central Asia are regions of the world that don't get much good press in Western media. There are Slavic pagans in the Slavic countries, and a small number among the modern Western recon/revivalist pagan community. Tengriism is actually a pretty major minority religion in the Turkic world, I've heard. Personally I don't practice either but those both seem like interesting paths and cultures. I guess the closest I get is occasionally listening to Tuvan throat singing or Bulgarian choral music...
     
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    As one can learn from Wikipedia, there are quite a few pagans in eastern Europe and in Central Asia.

    It's not just a question of those areas getting a bad press, as their being a general disconnection. The serious Western press discusses the actions of Eastern governments, but reports little on the peoples' lives. For that matter, how much does it report on Western paganism?

    Similarly, the people in Uzbekistan are probably no more concerned with us than we with them. Why would an Uzbek pagan write a book about their faith in English?
     
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