VELES, Slavic God of animals and forests, statue, large

Upon request
(catalogue number: SBH24)

The cult of Veles is very strong and dominant. Apart from Perun, he was the only Slav deity worshiped by all Slavs. His cult survived for a long time with Slavs from the Balcans and the Carpathians. Veles is a God of earth, son of God Rod, the patron of cattlemen and farmers, in charge of crops, fields and animals, domestic and wild. Slavs depended on Veles for whatever they would do.

He was represented as a strong young man with bull's horns on his head, but also as an old man, with long beard and a stick in his hand. As a god of beasts he was represented as a bear, symbol of a forest king to the Slavs, patron of the forest animals, fruits and the forest itself. He was celebrated at harves time, seed time and grazing. Spiritual forces attributed to Veles were dragons; places of his cult were, apart from temples, fields, pastures, cattle pens and graveyards. The rites included carnivals, imitating wolves and making oaths. His symbol was a stick, but also grass, wolf, black cock and domestic animals.

These figurines are the original work of Serbian sculptor Jovan Petronijevic, they are a part of a unique chess set inspired by Slavic mythology. You can have them separately, as a beautiful and original souvenir. Hand painted and patinated.

  • Material resin
  • Height 15 cm
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