A Guide to Byelorussian Mythology

Until comparatively recent times one branch of Belarusian history, namely Church history, suffered from undeserved neglect, and little or no research had been done into the cults of the pre-Christian era. The few treatises on the history of Belarus which have been published in the past and which deal with the pre-Christian beliefs of the Belarusian tribes, give nothing more than a very general and vague outline. There are doubtless many reasons and difficulties which initially may have impelled historians to adopt this approach, but the subject is worthy of more attentive study, notwithstanding the obstacles; indeed, it is only through such study that the student will be able to comprehend the mentality of the early inhabitants of Belarus, and understand the origin and meaning of many of the ancient Belarusian religious customs.