When you think of Slavic culture, the first things that come to mind are probably vodka, fur hats, and the Orthodox church. Polish photographer Marcin Nagraba, however, wanted to show the world a more ancient view of Slavic people in his dark pictures - by dialing it all the way back to Pagan times.

Christianity arrived in this world between the 7th and 12th centuries, but before that, the region was a hotbed of Slavic mythology and polytheism. Though little is known to this day about the mysterious Pagan rituals, accounts by early Byzantine explorers describe the ancient Slavs as worshipers of thunder and earth - no doubt referring to Perun, the highest god of the pantheon and the Slavic equivalent of the Greek Zeus.

With the help of costume designer Agnieszka Osipa, the Warsaw-based visionary captures the breathtaking photoshoot idea which reminds us of the wonder and wisdom of ages past. Experience every cool photo for yourself below, and let yourself drift back in time for a moment.

More info: Marcin Nagraba, Agnieszka Osipa (h/t: DYT)

#2

Pagan Poetry Photo

Marcin Nagraba , Agnieszka Osipa Report

Skure
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Similar to Vesna and/or Morana, goddess of death and afterlife

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Pagan Poetry Photo

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Tracy Graber
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oooh! Reminds me of a Bean Sidhe. Or La Llorona. Even a Valkyrie.

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#8

Pagan Poetry Photo

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Hisseefit
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yikes! The centipede makes me shiver even if it's fake.

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#17

Pagan Poetry Photo

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Zana Berisha
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very similar (or the same) as "Nusja" - The Bride in Albanian tradition.

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#22

Pagan Poetry Photo

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flyingaquapigs123
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She looks like she has seen and known the whole universe

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#28

Pagan Poetry Photo

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Derek Stocker
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I bless the harvest of Dionysus for from my head emerge the twisted daggers of your fate!

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Pagan Poetry Photo

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Sami Thompson
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love the headpiece, costume, & palm jewels - everything is beautiful!

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#35

Pagan Poetry Photo

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Sami Thompson
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everything is perfect - but the lace eyelashes are a teensy bit disturbing.

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#38

Pagan Poetry Photo

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Lynn Provost
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I only wish these had some origin stories with them!

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#39

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Derek Stocker
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

South American. Add colour could be Inca or Aztec. Even if there was contact the centuries do not match. I was going to mention Scarab/Dung Beetle but 8 legs - Arachnid - Parasitic Tick. The Wheat? Signifies? A successful harvest or votive offerings for the harvest to come? When did humans begin to cultivate winter wheat? I just find her lined features mesmerising.

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#42

Pagan Poetry Photo

Marcin Nagraba , Agnieszka Osipa Report

Terri Rowland
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I wear this my dog and every other dog from miles around would love me and follow me everywhere 🤗 💝 🌹 🌈 🐩🐶

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#43

Pagan Poetry Photo

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Terri Rowland
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I first looked at this one I thought that the antlers were attached to her boobies ❤ 🤣🤣🤣

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Pagan Poetry Photo

Marcin Nagraba , Agnieszka Osipa Report

DeMarie Ingraham
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can't imagine how much time these elaborate dressings took to construct. They are incredible.

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