- Nechuy-Levytskyi, I
Part of Ukrainian Scholar Library
about this book
Ivan Nechui-Levytskyi, who is best known for his fiction writings, published his research on Ukrainian mythology in 1876. The original title of the book was “Svitohliad Ukrayinskoho Narodu. Eskiz Ukrayinskoyi Mifolohiyi” (Worldview of the Ukrainian People: a Sketch of Ukrainian Mythology) in 1876. Our edition of Nechui-Levytskyi’s work is its first English publication and we publish it under title Ukrainian Mythology: an Exploration.
Ukrainian mythology is a fascinating and little explored subject. It is a rich and complex collection of beliefs and stories that have evolved over thousands of years. Many of these myths are deeply rooted in nature and the cycles of the seasons, as well as in the history and folklore of the Ukrainian people. The pantheon of Ukrainian gods includes a wide range of deities, from the powerful and fearsome Perun, god of thunder and lightning, to the gentle and nurturing Lada, goddess of spring. Other notable figures include Veles, god of earth, water, the underworld and livestock, and Dazhboh, god of the sun. Ukrainian mythology also features a host of supernatural creatures, such as the rusalka, a water spirit who lures men to their deaths, and the domovyk, a household spirit who protects the household and its residents. Today, many Ukrainians continue to draw inspiration from their ancient myths and legends, which are celebrated in folk songs, such as koliadky and shchedrivky, literature, and art.
Ukrainian Mythology: an Exploration is the fourth book in the Ukrainian Scholar Library series. It will be followed by publications on Ukrainian demonology, religion, philosophy, music, and other subjects.
About the Series: Sova Books Ukrainian Scholar Library offers works written by Ukrainian intellectuals on various subjects. History, folk music and lore, literary studies, religion or politics – these subjects, and hopefully more with time will be covered by the series. The works span several centuries and most have Ukraine as their main or starting point of discussion. Whether you are a scholar or not, in these books you will find answers in your quest for knowledge.