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 his Slavic roots - by dialing it all the way back to Pagan times.


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Christianity arrived in the Slavic world between the 7th and 12th centuries, but before that the region was a hotbed of mythology and polytheism. Though little is known to this day about their mysterious 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 breathtaking portraits which remind us of the wonder and wisdom of ages past. Experience every 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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Pagan Poetry Photo

Marcin Nagraba , Agnieszka Osipa Report

Amanda Groves 1 year ago

A warrior queen or thorny winter goddess

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Pagan Poetry Photo

Marcin Nagraba , Agnieszka Osipa Report

Skure 1 year ago

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

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Pagan Poetry Photo

Marcin Nagraba , Agnieszka Osipa Report

Michel M. Prins 1 year ago

This looks amazing!

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Pagan Poetry Photo

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Trina Rose 1 year ago

Enchanting! <3

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Pagan Poetry Photo

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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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Pagan Poetry Photo

Marcin Nagraba , Agnieszka Osipa Report

Tracy Graber 1 year ago

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

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Pagan Poetry Photo

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Hisseefit 1 year ago

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

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Pagan Poetry Photo

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PARANOIDANDROID 1 year ago

night shade and chicken legs

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Pagan Poetry Photo

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Trina Rose 1 year ago

She would look perfect in the Iron Islands.

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