Deities and fairies of fate in Slavic mythology

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There is a number of deities and fairies of fate in Slavic mythology, which control person's destiny or foretell it, often at childbirth. A comprehensive summary may be found in Jan Máchal's contribution to Vol. 3 of The Mythology of All Races (1918).[1]

  • Ancient Russian deities (written tradition): Rozhanicy (pl.)[1]
  • Croatians and Slovenians: Rodjenice(pl.),[1] Rojenice(pl.)[1]. They were also called Sudice(pl.), Sudjenice(pl.), Sujenice(pl.) (Croatian), Sojenice(pl.), Sujenice(pl.), Rojenice(pl.) (Slovenian), Sudzenici(pl.) (Bulgarian) or Sudičky(pl.) (Bohemian, i.e., Czech and Slovak)[1]
  • Serbian: 'Sudice(pl.), Suđaje(pl.)
  • Bulgarian: Nerechnitse(pl.), Narucnici(pl.) (narok= destiny, "neracha"= foretells[nb 1]), or Orisnici(pl.), Urisnici(pl.), Uresici(pl.), from the Greek όρίζοντες, ("orizontes": "establishing", "determining")[1]
  • Russian personifications of the Fate: good fate: Dola (mythology) [ru], evil fate: Nedolya, Likho [1]
  • Serbian: Sreca, counterpart of Dolya, however it may be both good and evil[1]
  • Polish: Rodzanice(pl.), Narecznice(pl.), Sudiczki(pl.)

See also[edit]

  • Deities of Slavic religion, for more information about other Slavic deities
  • Fates
    • Moirai, the Fates of Greek mythology who control the Threads of Fate
    • Parcae, the Fates of Roman mythology
    • Norns, the Fates of Norse mythology and related to other female deities in Germanic paganism

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ There is no infinitive form of verbs in Bulgarian, i.e., no direct counterpart for "to foretell"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h The Mythology of All Races (1918), Vol. III, Section "Slavic", Part I: The Genii, Chapter IV: Genii of Fate, pp. 249-252