Feb 22, 2011, 06:06am #15
Merged thread: Slavic Vernal Equinox, pagan and modern customs??
Can anyone tell me anything about the Vernal Equinox celebrations that happen in Poland, modern or pagan? I am doing a research paper and need some more info. I have found out about Maslenica, but have read that is an Eastern(?) custom.
Polish death- and winter- goddess; equivalent to the Russian Marena. Her name seems derived from Slavic words for 'to freeze, frozen'. She appeared dressed in white, a color of winter but also death in eastern Europe. Her effigy, including her broom, was carried through the village and thrown away on the outskirts or ritually drowned as a purificaiton rite either to welcome spring or after a death. The meaning of the Polish month of Marzec (March) is 'to freeze'.
Slavic cultures believe that Death has no power over the living during Ostara. Slavic Ostara rituals include symbolically throwing Death into a river to drown. After this ritual drowning, Slavs pass red-dyed eggs among celebrants during their procession to the Ostara ritual feast.
This is some other information I have found but am wondering how accurate it relates to actual customs/traditions.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!