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Mokosh (Mokosz, Mokusa, Mokoš, Cyrillic Мокошь) is a goddess associated with the sacred feminine in Slavic pantheon. She is a goddess of fertility, home and earth (russian: mat' syraja zemlja - mother - moist earth), and female occupations such as spinning, weaving and fate. She is supposed to be the protector of women, goddess of bounty, as well as occult knowledge and divination. Many scholars, however, doubt that such a goddess ever existed in the Slavic pantheon. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Matka Ziemia (literally Mother Earth, various other names are in use as well) is the collective term applied to a number of Slavic deities devoted to plants, growth, birth, creation and patrons of field works. ... The Cyrillic alphabet (or azbuka, from the old name of the first letters) is an alphabet used to write six natural Slavic languages (Belarusian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, and Ukrainian) and many other languages of the former Soviet Union, Asia and Eastern Europe. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Slavic mythology and Slavic religion evolved over more than 3,000 years. ...


She wanders as a masked woman and visits houses doing domestic duties. At night a piece of hair was left as an offer to Mokosh. At the beginning she was a domestic spirit. She is black as fertile earth.


Wife of Svarog (according to some Old Slavic legends); she talked him into creating a life on Earth that would look as him, so he breathed life into an oak tree from which the first man, named Dubravko, came to life; she created another one, a woman, Ljubljenica. Her statues in temples are in sitting position (as Svarog's are). In Slavic mythology, Svarog (Polish: Swaróg, Cyrillic: Сварог), (Wendish: Schwayxtix) is the Slavic god and spirit of fire; meaning bright and clear. ...


Her sacred day is Friday; and her feast day falls between October 25th and November 1st. One reference fixes this day to October 28th. She was offered vegetables, which was the focal point of the feast day. At night, women would leave strands of fleece beside the stove in her honor. It was said that women who made satisfactory offerings would be helped with their laundry, associating her as a water goddess. This is illustrated by the fact that rainfall is sometimes called Mokosh's milk.


In Christian times she became conflagrated with the Virgin Mary and Saint Paraskeva. She is sovereign over the Domowije and the patroness of midwifery. In one myth, she is the wife of Perun, and was represented as a woman with a large head, long arms and unkept hair. In another myth she is wife of Svarog, which created a marriage of heaven and Earth. Domovoi (literally, one of the house) are house spirits found in Slavic folklore. ... This page is about a Slavic god. ... In Slavic mythology, Svarog (Polish: Swaróg, Cyrillic: Сварог), (Wendish: Schwayxtix) is the Slavic god and spirit of fire; meaning bright and clear. ...


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Mokosh Summary (937 words)
MOKOSH is the life-giving goddess in ancient Slavic mythology, inherited from the pre-Indo-European pantheon and debased during the early Christian era.
In the Christian era, Mokosh was superseded by Paraskeva-Piatnitsa ("Friday, fifth day") or Lianitsa ("linen washer").
Mokosh (Mokosz, Mokusa, Mokoš, Cyrillic Мокошь) is a goddess associated with the sacred feminine in Slavic pantheon.
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