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)

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Amanda Groves 1 year ago

A warrior queen or thorny winter goddess

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Skure 1 year ago

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

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Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

This looks amazing!

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Trina Rose 1 year ago

Enchanting! <3

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Magdalena Bertola 1 year ago

Ahh It would be so Nice If they post the name of the deities :/

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Tracy Graber 1 year ago

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

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Hisseefit 1 year ago

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

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PARANOIDANDROID 1 year ago

night shade and chicken legs

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Trina Rose 1 year ago

She would look perfect in the Iron Islands.

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Andrzej Raczynski 1 year ago

has a dark Roman feel to it.

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Birchy Cat 1 year ago

Winter bride

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Hisseefit 1 year ago

Love this one!!!

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sexy_scorpio_3MD 1 year ago

I love the picture on the right!

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Terri Rowland 1 year ago

Absolutely gorgeous ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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Galeanthropy2017 1 year ago

The detail on the crown is amazing

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Zana Berisha 1 year ago

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

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Hisseefit 1 year ago

My guess is the winter God with the snowflake and death.

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Dara Lynn 1 year ago

Dandelion!

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Amanda Groves 1 year ago

Mermaid sea goddess?

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flyingaquapigs123 1 year ago

She looks like she has seen and known the whole universe

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Cat Givens 1 year ago

Zlota Baba

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Trina Rose 1 year ago

Man, that juxtaposition of the hand <3

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Kirsten Preston 1 year ago

Beautiful

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Terri Rowland 1 year ago

Incredible 💝💕

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Tracy Graber 1 year ago

Lovely composition!

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Camii Walks 1 year ago

A mermaid night! Protector of the sea~ ♥

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Tracy Graber 1 year ago

Love this one!

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sexy_scorpio_3MD 1 year ago

Love the headpiece!

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Debbie Gannaway 1 year ago

Who did the costumes, headdresses, makeup, they are spectacular.

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Sami Thompson 1 year ago

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

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Sami Thompson 1 year ago

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

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Sami Thompson 1 year ago

The Royal Keeper of the Skull.

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Lynn Provost 1 year ago

I only wish these had some origin stories with them!

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Sherri Mantooth Bagwell 1 year ago

Looks like Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz.

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Darla Merrimen 1 year ago

Wow......

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Hisseefit 1 year ago

My nightmare, being part of a beehive.

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Terri Rowland 1 year ago

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

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Terri Rowland 1 year ago

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

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sexy_scorpio_3MD 1 year ago

Beautiful!

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DeMarie Ingraham 1 year ago

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

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daniellabob 1 year ago

evil eye!!!!

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Tracy Graber 1 year ago

This one really tells a story.

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daniellabob 1 year ago

now that is stunning!!!

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DeMarie Ingraham 1 year ago

Witch's crown.

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Terri Rowland 1 year ago

Cactus hat is good 🌵 👒 😁

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Terri Rowland 1 year ago

Is that octopus on the shoulders 🐙 💝 🐙 💝 🐙 💝

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DeMarie Ingraham 1 year ago

Incredible.

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DeMarie Ingraham 1 year ago

This is spectacular. Love it.

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DeMarie Ingraham 1 year ago

Stinging words.

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Tanya Kysel'ova 1 year ago

there is some strange ugly beauty about it..

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DeMarie Ingraham 1 year ago

Moth woman.

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DeMarie Ingraham 1 year ago

The fabrics used in the photos are to die for!

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DeMarie Ingraham 1 year ago

Love this.