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)

#1

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

Maybe a forest God with the thorns, berries and antlers?

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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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PARANOIDANDROID
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3 years ago

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wow the model had to let the candles melt on her

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Trina Rose
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3 years ago

Enchanting! <3

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#5

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PARANOIDANDROID
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3 years ago

this makes me think of winter... the winter is coming

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Birchy Cat
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3 years ago

Autumn

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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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#10

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Nancy Desjarlais
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3 years ago

The ocean.

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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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Trina Rose
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3 years ago

3-eyed raven?

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Galeanthropy2017
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3 years ago

The detail on the crown is amazing

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Una Godwin
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3 years ago

GORGEOUS!!

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sexy_scorpio_3MD
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3 years ago

This looks like an image out of a high end fashion magazine! I love that it isn't and part of a cultural photo shoot!

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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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Don Southern
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3 years ago

Beautiful

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Hisseefit
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3 years ago

Gorgeous

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#23

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Cat Givens
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3 years ago

Zlota Baba

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#24

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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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#27

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Tracy Graber
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3 years ago

Oooh!

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#28

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L Gorrie
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3 years ago

Mother Mary

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#29

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Tracy Graber
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3 years ago

Lovely composition!

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#30

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Camii Walks
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3 years ago

A mermaid night! Protector of the sea~ ♥

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sexy_scorpio_3MD
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3 years ago

Love this!

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Anneli Saksakulm
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3 years ago

would be grate without these creepy legs

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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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Romeyn Smith
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3 years ago

Yum!

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#35

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Skittles
Community Member
3 years ago

This captures the dark yet beautiful side of the culture the clothes are almost Lolita so it gives of a mysterious side.

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Sami Thompson
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3 years ago

The Royal Keeper of the Skull.

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Romeyn Smith
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3 years ago

Androgyny.

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#38

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Lynn Provost
Community Member
3 years ago

I only wish these had some origin stories with them!

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daniellabob
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3 years ago

oh boy so itchy.

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Diane Augustine
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3 years ago

Whoa...

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Hisseefit
Community Member
3 years ago

My nightmare, being part of a beehive.

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Sofia Zvolanek
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3 years ago

so many chicken feet

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Terri Rowland
Community Member
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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daniellabob
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3 years ago

attach by the nose and your new pet is ready.

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Trina Rose
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3 years ago

Ok now I'm intrigued by this lady.

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Kirsten Preston
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3 years ago

I'd preferred the face having the same colour hues the shoulder and head gear have. But thats just my opinion.

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daniellabob
Community Member
3 years ago

now that is stunning!!!

#49

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Romeyn Smith
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3 years ago

Probably my favorite.

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Una Godwin
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3 years ago

Her EYES !

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#51

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Terri Rowland
Community Member
3 years ago

Cactus hat is good 🌵 👒 😁

#52

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Terri Rowland
Community Member
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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Simone Dawson-Walker
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3 years ago

The Mourned Queen.

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DeMarie Ingraham
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3 years ago

Stinging words.

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Camii Walks
Community Member
3 years ago

Ranpunzel! omg this is so pretty

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Romeyn Smith
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3 years ago

Buffalo Bill's mom.

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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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DeMarie Ingraham
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3 years ago

Love this.

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