the black god of death and darkness in Slavic Mythology and is the
opposite of Bylebog (Bielebog). Slavic mythology is regarded as
a pre-Christian, pagan, dualist belief system in which there were
two main deities in the universe, one benevolent and another malevolent.
Like many European mythologies, Slavs believed in two main divine
beings that had control of their lives. The Slavic people are the
ethnic group who reside in the modern day areas of Eastern Europe
such as Russia, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Romania (former Transylvania).
Slavonic myth the earliest rites and practices were based on the
principle that the natural world is inhabited and directed by beneficial
and harmful spirits of nature. Later, these mysterious forces were
anthropomorphized into divinities with special powers and functions.
The supreme god of the East and South Slavs was Perun, god of lightning
and thunder, who controlled the elements of nature. Svarog, known
to most Slavs, was regarded as the father of the deities: Byelobog
(the White God, good) and Chernobog (the Black God, evil and death).
These gods represented the forces of good or evil and reflected
the Slavic belief in the dualistic nature of the universe. The Baltic
Slavs had a particularly rich tradition and many cults, including
the powerful Radogost-Svarazic. With the coming of Christianity,
the great divinities of the Slavs vanished in name, but many elements
of pagan belief survived in popular tradition and in many Christian
Slavic religious ceremonies.
to legends and myths of the Slavic pantheon, Bylebog, the force
of orderly creation fought with Chernobog which caused the world
to come into being. The gods and goddesses of this belief were believed
to be of an adopted or assimilated Iranian belief system. Because
of his negative aspects, Chernobog is often associated with other
deities like the Black Serpent and Koschei.
infamous city and nuclear reactor Chernobyl
in Ukraine where a nuclear reactor disaster occurred in 1986, released
radiation killing and injuring thousands; is derived from the words
Chernobog (Chernabog) and Byelo-bog, and in a way is symbolic of
the tragedy. The Russian Cherno is derived from the Sanskrit Krishna,
meaning the "black one" and the adjective cherny means "black".
This name is in turn derived from the Ancient Egyptian, kemet, meaning
the Black Land. And the word -bog is Slavic for godı. The 1983
book on "Fantasia" by John Culhane refers to Larousse Encyclopedia
of Mythology: "Ukranians still say, 'May the black god exterminate