The Slavic feast of Kupalo/a

Our Spotlight on Traditions explores the varied traditions of Pagan, Heathen and polytheistic practice. In this installment just after Lughnasadh and the Day of Perun (the thunder god) on August 2, we look back at the summer season in the Slavic faiths.

Ukrainian Idol to Perun Destroyed by Vandals

At the beginning of this month, a wooden idol of the god Perun, installed in the Ukrainian city of Kiev by Slavic Pagan reconstructionists/revivalists (known as Ridnovir), was destroyed by unnamed vandals. According to the Native Faith Association of Ukraine (ORU) this was a coordinated effort that required machinery and multiple people to accomplish. This desecration comes after a Ukrainian Pagan temple was attacked at the end of 2011 in Poltava.
The European Congress of Ethnic Religions (ECER) released a statement saying that this event “rocked all those who respected the ancient Slavic faith.” This event rocked all those who respected the ancient Slavic faith.