Svetovid

Svetovid, Svantovit[1][2][3] or Sventovit[4] is one of the main Slavic deities and is the god of war, fertility and abundance.

Svetovid
God of war, fertility and abundance, supreme deity
Modern statue of Svetovid at Cape Arkona, Rügen island, (today Germany)
Abodetemple at Arkona, Rügen island
Symbolfour heads or faces, white stallion, horn of plenty, sword
Mountwhite stallion

It was primarily venerated on the island of Rügen into the 12th century.

Sometimes referred to as Beli (or Byali) Vid[citation needed] (Beli = white, bright, shining), Svetovid is associated with war and divination and depicted as a four-headed god with two heads looking forward and two back. A statue portraying the god shows him with four heads, each one looking in a separate direction, a symbolic representation of the four directions of the compass, and also perhaps the four seasons of the year. Each face had a specific color. The northern face of this totem was white (hence White Ruthenia / Belarus and the White Sea), the western, red (hence Red Ruthenia), the southern, black (hence the Black Sea) and the eastern, green.[5]


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