About
Slavic Native Faith

What is Rodnovery?

The Slavic Native Faith, also known as Rodnovery, represents an ancient and profound spiritual tradition rooted in the soil of the Slavic lands. It is a sacred bond between the Slavic people and their ancestral gods, embodying the essence of their cultural and metaphysical heritage.This religious movement that seeks to revive and reconstruct the pre-Christian spiritual traditions of the Slavic peoples. It encompasses a range of beliefs and practices centered around the gods, goddesses, and spirits of the Slavic pantheon, as well as the ancestral and natural forces of the Slavic homeland.

 

The Slavic Native Faith draws its inspiration from the ancient Slavic polytheistic religion that was practiced by the Slavic tribes prior to the Christianization of the region. This indigenous faith was characterized by a deep connection to nature, ancestor worship, and a belief in a pantheon of deities associated with various aspects of life and the natural world.

the three tenets of rodnovery.

The Slavic Native Faith, is a modern-day revival of the ancient Slavic religion. While different groups and individuals may have varying beliefs and practices within the faith, here are three main points.  

    1. Polytheistic Beliefs: The Slavic Native Faith is characterised by its polytheistic worldview, emphasising the existence of multiple gods and goddesses. These deities are often associated with natural forces, such as Perun (god of thunder and lightning), Svarog (god of the sun and fire), and Mokosh (goddess of fertility and earth). The faith acknowledges the sacredness of nature and places importance on the interconnectedness of all living things.

    2. Ancestor Veneration: Ancestor veneration is a central aspect of the Slavic Native Faith. Practitioners honor and pay respect to their ancestors, believing that they play an active role in their lives as spiritual guides and protectors. Ancestral rituals, such as setting up altars, making offerings, and celebrating ancestral holidays, are common practices within the faith. Ancestors are seen as a source of wisdom, guidance, and connection to the past.

    3. Rituals and Folk Traditions: The Slavic Native Faith incorporates various rituals and folk traditions into its practices. These rituals often involve the use of symbolism, music, dance, and communal gatherings. Celebrations and festivals are held throughout the year to mark important occasions, such as the solstices, equinoxes, and agricultural cycles. Traditional Slavic customs, folklore, and mythological stories also hold significance in the faith, fostering a connection with Slavic cultural heritage.

    It is important to note that the Slavic Native Faith encompasses diverse interpretations and practices, and individual beliefs may vary. Some practitioners may focus more on historical reconstruction and authenticity, while others may approach the faith in a more contemporary or personalized manner.

Where to Start Learning?

To start learning about Slavic native faith, also known as Rodnovery, you can explore various resources and materials. Here are some steps to help you get started:

  1. Books and Literature: Look for books that provide an introduction to Slavic native faith and its beliefs. This is difficult for English only speakers, little has been translated into english, however we will provide more details elsewhere on this topic.

  2. Online Resources: Explore websites, forums, and online communities dedicated to Slavic culture and faith. These platforms often provide valuable information, discussions, and resources for beginners. Again English is a great limiting factor in the search but the translate feature can help. We also greatly caution , that one major social networking site has a somewhat large community but a very strange and misleading interruption of Rodnovery. We are not gate keepers but one should be aware.

  3. Mythology and Folklore: Familiarize yourself with Slavic mythology and folklore, as they form the foundation of the native faith. Study the deities, stories, rituals, and customs associated with Slavic paganism. The “Primary Chronicle” is the key source of Slavic folklore.

  4. Join Local Communities: Seek out local Slavic pagan or Rodnovery communities or groups. Engage with like-minded individuals who practice or study the faith. They can provide valuable insights, guidance, and resources for your learning journey.

  5. Festivals and Celebrations: Attend Slavic cultural events and general pagan festivals, rituals, and celebrations when possible. Experiencing these events firsthand can deepen your understanding and provide practical knowledge about the customs and practices associated with Slavic native faith.

  6. Academic Research: Explore academic papers, studies, and dissertations related to Slavic paganism and Rodnovery. Universities and research institutions often publish scholarly works that delve into the history, beliefs, and practices of Slavic native faith.
Remember that Slavic native faith is an decentralised religious movement, and there may be variations in beliefs and practices among different communities and individuals. Approach your studies with an open mind and respect for the cultural heritage and traditions associated with Slavic paganism.