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The Ethnology Notebooks. 2018, 1 (139), 57–64

UDK 392.5(477.8)

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2018.01.057

Received 11.12.2017

SOLAR CULT OF ANCIENT UKRAINIANS

Kozholianko Georgii, Doctor of Sciences in History, Professor,

President of Bukovyna ethnography society

Abstract. The article analyzes the development of the solar cult of ancient Ukrainians. Sources analyzed: Veles Book, Tale of Past Years. The ancient Ukrainian cult of worship of the sun and significance in the life of ancient Ukrainians the sunny god Dazhboh is researched. The sun is a large and unattainable element of the environment. Dazhbog in ancient Ukrainians was one of the characteristic hypostases of a multifunctional deity responsible for fertility, fertility, abundance, the embodiment of the awakening of nature, the guarantor of rapid flowering, the initiator of fertility and fertility. The proponents of the pagan faith in Ukrainian lands in pre-Christian times saw in it the omnipotence and the Creator of the whole world.

 Keywords: sun, cult, paganism, Christianity, religion, god.

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