Original scientific paper
Pagan Gods and Their Christian Substitutes
APA 6th Edition
Belaj, V. (2009). Pagan Gods and Their Christian Substitutes. Studia ethnologica Croatica, 21 (1), 197-197. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/45118
MLA 8th Edition
Belaj, Vitomir. "Pagan Gods and Their Christian Substitutes." Studia ethnologica Croatica, vol. 21, no. 1, 2009, pp. 197-197. https://hrcak.srce.hr/45118. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.
Chicago 17th Edition
Belaj, Vitomir. "Pagan Gods and Their Christian Substitutes." Studia ethnologica Croatica 21, no. 1 (2009): 197-197. https://hrcak.srce.hr/45118
Belaj, V. (2009). 'Pagan Gods and Their Christian Substitutes', Studia ethnologica Croatica, 21(1), pp. 197-197. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/45118 (Accessed 01 October 2023)
Belaj V. Pagan Gods and Their Christian Substitutes. Studia ethnologica Croatica [Internet]. 2009 [cited 2023 October 01];21(1):197-197. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/45118
V. Belaj, "Pagan Gods and Their Christian Substitutes", Studia ethnologica Croatica, vol.21, no. 1, pp. 197-197, 2009. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/45118. [Accessed: 01 October 2023]
The article analyzes the phenomenon of supplementing pagan Slavic gods with Christian saints on pre-Christian sacred places. The analysis encompasses only the regions next to pagan ‘sacred triangles’ which have been established on Croatian territory through previous research, since the continuity of sacredness of a place (or even of the name of that place) can hardly be proven if isolated from the spatial context provided by the landscape. Those were the places which were assumed to be the places of worship of Perun, Veles, Mokosh and Yarilo. The article also points to the dangers of premature conclusions based on unproved (or improvable) hypotheses. Special attention is dedicated to St. Ilija and St. Vitus (cro. Vid), substitutes of the main Slavic god ‘sitting on the summit and far from the town’ (*vysoko na vrъhu… sěditъ, daleko ględiъ), who was several time convincingly proven to be Perun, while the assumptions on the cult of Svantevit among the Southern Slavs were rejected due to the lack of arguments.
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