Are these three things acceptable for followers of the Slavic Native Faith?

  • Byzantine culture
  • pipe organs
  • science fiction

The first issue is Byzantine culture. From what I have seen on the Internet, many Slavic pagans strongly dislike Christianity for destroying their native cultures and their connection to the Gods and their ancestors, and the Christianity that exists in many Slavic countries (except some Catholic nations, such as Poland and Slovenia) was based on the Orthodox Church of the Byzantine Empire. Even though it has beautiful art, architecture, and things, their association with Christianity can make it a questionable issue.

The second thing is about pipe organs: I love the music that they make, such as from JS Bach, but because of their association with churches (and Christianity), I fear that they might be also troublesome due to Christianity's negative associations.

Thirdly, while science fiction may provide many interesting scenarios, many of them may tend to be unrealistic or influenced by strange beliefs (e.g. aliens, New Age, pop culture, etc.). Furthermore, even though some of them may look interesting for an amateur writer,

(e.g. "Gods controlling historical events, or divine intervention against a cruel empire",
"Leshii and rusalkas encountering aliens or robots, the latter of which threaten to destroy the forest",
"an alien race praying to Svetovid (or a similar deity) because of their adoption of an Earth culture"),

I sometimes worry that they may become offensive due to their messed-up depictions of the Slavic Native Faith and the Gods. Perhaps doing so would make them like those works based on pagan beliefs and their stories, reducing them to something "commercialised".


So, may I know, whether are any of these three acceptable for people who worship the Slavic Gods, or not? I dearly appreciate your reasons and advice.

Comments

  • I don't think we have many followers of native faith here.
    I personally don't see why would anyone have a problem with a musical instrument.
    Isn't science fiction kind of must have for a religion? 
  • edited November 12
    @Dušan I was worried because of the instrument's association with Christianity (like anything associated with churches), which some pagans strongly dislike.

    But if there is a Rodnover out there who is also a skilled pipe organ composer, three cheers for him or her!
  • @Strannik16 I think it's different from person to person. I believe all people take their religion differently. One might be a complete zealot, while other one might take their faith as something like an escape from this fast-paced world, a sort of relaxation or meditation.
    This kind of people wouldn't mind those things, in my opinion.
  • @Kapitán Denis Thank you. I just prefer not to offend people.
  • @Strannik16 I think you're good to go. Just don't make fun of Islamic prophet Muhammad. :D
  • @Strannik16 I guess there could be some lunatics, but that has nothing to do with that religion as a whole. That's same like some Christians dislike bunch of different genres because they deem it satanic, even though the Bible clearly says people should make noise.
    The way I see it Native faith can hold with many things that are associated with Christianity, since Christianity is filled with various element of pre-Cristian pagan traditions of Indo-European religions.
  • Indeed. In some regards it could even be argued that traditional folk-Christianity in the Slavic countries is the most direct descendant of the old local faiths. F.e. here is something I just read about the Wolf Days which started here yesterday:
    WOLF HOLIDAYS - Vulchi Praznitsi: On November 11 (the date varies locally) the Wolf Holidays begin. These are 3, 7, 9 or 10 days during which Bulgarians traditionally observe various taboos to protect people and domestic animals from wolf attack.
    Everything that can be associated with wolves is taboo during this period. The word “wolf” is not spoken, especially at night time. Women don’t work with, or touch wool in order to protect sheep from wolves. Scissors resemble a wolf’s jaws so they are not used. The blades are tied together to prevent them opening accidentally and a spell is often spoken at the same time: “What are you binding?” “I’m binding the wolf’s jaws.” Needles are like wolves’ teeth, so women don’t sew garments, otherwise the wearer will be vulnerable to wolf attack. Combs are also avoided for the same reason. Soap suds are reminiscent of the foaming mouth of a rabid wolf so no laundry is done.
    The third of the Wolf Days is usually considered the most dangerous; or the last day, which is observed in honour of a lame wolf called Koutsoulan. According to legend he was the first to eat a man.
    In some places, Sveti Mina (St Menas), whose feast day is 11 November, is considered the master of wolves. He lets them run and calls them home.

    I can definitely tell you that none of this is actually Christian and it is entirely Pagan, like the vast majority of traditional rituals practiced by the good "Christian" folk. Heck, even some of the gods are still here, transformed into saints - f.e. Perun turned into St. Elijah the Thunderer, while Veles became St. Vlas. Of course, many elements and aspects were lost during this transformation, but we also tend to forget that the ancients weren't set in stone about their beliefs either - different Slavic tribes had different versions of their myths, different hierarchies or interpretations of the gods and those things likely changed with time as well. I'd even say it was common for all Pagan beliefs to change and evolve, to incorporate new elements from neighbouring mythologies into their own. Religion, like culture and language, essentially was like a living being - it needed to breathe, to grow and change, not to stay embalmed in a tomb.
    Then again, I'm not a follower of the old faiths (or any other religion, really), so this is just the personal opinion of an outsider to the groups you're interested in.

  • edited November 13
    Many that like to call themselves "christian" are nothning but filthy pagans themselves, whether they're into the role-playing bit or not. (The role players are extra pathetic, though)
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