Slavic mythology – Like all people and all religions, Slavic religion too has a creation story. Rod was the creator. He actually was all there was. He was born by himself. In the beginning, there was only darkness, and Rod was like a bud, trapped in the egg. When he gave life to the goddess of love, Lada, the shell was broken and love was spilled out (This way of creation of the Universe is very similar to the Big Bang).
The etymology of the name “Rod”
“Rod” just as similar to word “rozhanitsa”, is derived from the Common Slavonic root word meaning “birth”, “origin”, “kin”. In modern Slavic languages, the word “rod” means “kin”, and “rozhenitsa” is “a woman in childbirth”.
The Creator of the Earth
He cut the umbilical cord and separated celestial waters from the waters of the ocean, putting the land between them. When freed from the egg, Rod continued with the creation. Then he created a Mother Earth that entered the ocean. Rod is the creator of all gods. At the end of creation, Rod made celestial bodies, nature, and natural phenomena. The sun was made from his cheeks, the moon from his breasts, the star from his eyes, the sunrise and sunset from his forehead, dark night from his thoughts, the wind, rain, snow from his breath and the city from his tears, and thunder and lightning from his voice. Rod then became the principle of the universe.
The Ubiquitous God
Rod actually represented a monotheistic side of the Slavic religion. Although there were many gods among Slavic people, Rod actually represented god we know him today in monotheistic religions. When he finished his goal, he disappeared. Rod became a principle and stopped to appear as a god, stopped interfering with the lives of mortals and gods directly, but he was still present in the universe and he affected all. He was in everything, in fact, he was the foundation of everything. All visible and invisible represented Rod. Rod was worshiped in another way too, however, and that also had to do with the existence. Rod was the patron of crops, birth, family. All of these nouns in all Slavic languages have the root of the word ROD. Relative, family, birth, nature, people, and these are all words contain ROD in their root. It shows how Rod was respected among the Slavs and how they saw the basis of everything in him.
Nature was in Rod. The people were Rod, and Rod was basically the protector of the nation. He was a protector of blood ties and relations between the clans. Rod was in everything, some kind of foundation. This god was all around us, as he was presented later in Christianity.
Rod and Tradition of Ancestors
Rod represented the unity of all ancestors. In fact, he was a principle that united all the previous generations of one family. The nation cannot be achieved without the prior existence of the ancestors. The cult regarding the ancestors was very pronounced among Slavs. There is a Russian tradition that after the birth of a child people make a feast for Rod and Rožanić, in order to keep a good fortune and keep the child from harm. This feast represents the gratitude and sacrifice to the ancestors for the gift in the form of a child. The ancestors would follow a newborn through the life and would not let something bad to happen.