Kupala Slavic Water Goddess  

Posted by Stella Clark

Kupala Slavic Water Goddess Image
"KUPALA" IS tHE SLAVIC WATER GODDESS ASSOCIATED WITH SPRINGS AND RIVERS. HER WORSHIPPERS BATHED THEMSELVES IN RIVERS OR IN DEW GATHERED ON JUNE MORNINGS WHILE CALLING ON HER NAME IN ORDER TO PURIFY THEMSELVES. KNOWN AS THE "WATER MOTHER," SHE IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH MAGIC, FERTILITY, TREES, FLOWERS, AND HERBS. HER EFFIGY IS SHOWN AS A STRAW FIGURE DRESSED IN A WOMAN'S GOWN AND ADORNED WITH RIBBONS.

HER CELEBRATION FALLS UPON "SUMMER SOLSTICE, "A SACRED DAY HONORING ELEMENTS OF FIRE AND WATER, BOTH PRIMAL COSMIC ELEMENTS. BONFIRES WERE LIT, WITH CELEBRANTS JUMPED OVER THEM IN PURIFICATION RITES. THEY ALSO DROVE THEIR CATTLE THROUGH THEM IS PURIFICATION RITES THAT RECALL SIMILAR RITES IN OTHER TRADITIONS. ON THIS DAY, WREATHS MADE OF "KUPALA'S" SACRED HERBS, FLOWERS, AND PLANTS WERE WOVEN AND TOSSED INTO THE WATER. IN THE BALKANS HER EFFIGY WAS THROWN INTO A RIVER IN A PURIFICATION RITE TO TAKE AWAY EVIL. ELSEWHERE, IT WAS BURNED OR DROWNED AT SUNSET FOR THE SAME PURPOSE.

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