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
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3 years ago

A warrior queen or thorny winter goddess

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Skure
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3 years ago

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

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

This looks amazing!

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Trina Rose
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3 years ago

Enchanting! <3

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Magdalena Bertola
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3 years ago

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

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Birchy Cat
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3 years ago

Autumn

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Tracy Graber
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3 years ago

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

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

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

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PARANOIDANDROID
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3 years ago

night shade and chicken legs

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Trina Rose
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3 years ago

She would look perfect in the Iron Islands.

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Andrzej Raczynski
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3 years ago

has a dark Roman feel to it.

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Birchy Cat
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3 years ago

Winter bride

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

Love this one!!!

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sexy_scorpio_3MD
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3 years ago

I love the picture on the right!

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Terri Rowland
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3 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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Galeanthropy2017
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3 years ago

The detail on the crown is amazing

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Zana Berisha
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3 years ago

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

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Kirsten Preston
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3 years ago

Stunning

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

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

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Dara Lynn
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3 years ago

Dandelion!

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Amanda Groves
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3 years ago

Mermaid sea goddess?

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flyingaquapigs123
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3 years ago

She looks like she has seen and known the whole universe

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Cat Givens
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3 years ago

Zlota Baba

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Rhonda Thompson Strickland
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3 years ago

Fertility

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Trina Rose
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3 years ago

Man, that juxtaposition of the hand <3

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Kirsten Preston
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3 years ago

Beautiful

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Terri Rowland
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3 years ago

Incredible 💝💕

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Derek Stocker
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9 months ago

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

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Tracy Graber
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3 years ago

Lovely composition!

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Camii Walks
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3 years ago

A mermaid night! Protector of the sea~ ♥

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Tracy Graber
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3 years ago

Love this one!

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sexy_scorpio_3MD
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3 years ago

Love the headpiece!

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Debbie Gannaway
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3 years ago

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

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Sami Thompson
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3 years ago

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

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Sami Thompson
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3 years ago

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

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Derek Stocker
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9 months ago

Queen Bess!

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DeMarie Ingraham
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3 years ago

Tzarina.

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Lynn Provost
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3 years ago

I only wish these had some origin stories with them!

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Derek Stocker
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9 months ago

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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Darla Merrimen
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3 years ago

Wow......

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

My nightmare, being part of a beehive.

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Terri Rowland
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

Beautiful!

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DeMarie Ingraham
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3 years ago

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

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daniellabob
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3 years ago

evil eye!!!!

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Tracy Graber
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3 years ago

This one really tells a story.

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daniellabob
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3 years ago

now that is stunning!!!

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DeMarie Ingraham
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3 years ago

Witch's crown.

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Una Godwin
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3 years ago

Her EYES !

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Terri Rowland
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3 years ago

Cactus hat is good 🌵 👒 😁

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Terri Rowland
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3 years ago

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

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DeMarie Ingraham
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3 years ago

Incredible.

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DeMarie Ingraham
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3 years ago

This is spectacular. Love it.

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DeMarie Ingraham
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3 years ago

Stinging words.

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Tanya Kysel'ova
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3 years ago

there is some strange ugly beauty about it..

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DeMarie Ingraham
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3 years ago

Moth woman.

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DeMarie Ingraham
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3 years ago

The fabrics used in the photos are to die for!

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Bartek Banach
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10 months ago

If you got all the way to 60 you probably recognized some patterns. Constant war since 3000bc sad slave history. I'd like to just cut off that bad intro. Person who writes the article has no knowledge of slav natives in Europe pre Christian times. And for our gods sake! Russians are eastern Slavs and are Wareg Viking descendants which puts their orthodox church and furry hats where they suppose to be. The photography shows a lot of Royal Polabian people culture as well as B.C. slav culture that was unfortunately conquered by Danes, great Roman Empire, Crusades etc. Beautiful take

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