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by Michael Kerrigan,Duncan Baird Publishers,Charles Phillips

Of all the peoples who fought for supremacy on the vast eastern European plains, the Slavs have proved the most enduring. They spread out from homelands beyond the Carpathian Mountains, settling territory south into the Balkins and as far west as the Elbe River. Equally impressive is their spiritual journey which began with the worship of ancient pagan gods and matured with the dawn of the Christian age. But despite manifold cultural and religious changes, traces of their spirit have survived: in the great epics of their ancient heroes; in their belief in the earth's healing power; and in the magical stories which fill the forbidding landscape with fantastical characters. These include the vampire whose wretched specter still stalks our world today.
Download Forests of the Vampires: Slavic Myth (Myth and Mankind) epub
ISBN: 0705436136
ISBN13: 978-0705436137
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Michael Kerrigan,Duncan Baird Publishers,Charles Phillips
Language: English
Publisher: Time Life Education (January 1, 1999)
Pages: 144 pages
ePUB size: 1739 kb
FB2 size: 1665 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 776
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This is a great look into the pre-Christian history of the Slavic people and the religion before and after the arrival of the Christians and how it molded itself around the new monotheistic tradition forced upon them, morphing it into an amalgamation of what some would call 'pagan' and Christian tradition.

It should be noted that this book is not greatly about vampires, so if that's what you're looking for then you came to the wrong place (but it is still a great collection of history and stories).

There is not much left of pre-Christian Slavic religions since most of it was methodically destroyed, and most of it was not written down (they say that Cyrillic was their first writing system, which was created by St. Cyril and St. Methodius. However, there have been some arguments of an older system, however this is inconclusive).

I would say this is a great book to read if you want to become better acquainted with your Slavic heritage and where some of the family traditions came from. It has beautiful images inside and helps to explain the gods/goddesses and folklore and how they influenced the artwork.

In conclusion, it's a great book and I totally recommend it.
In fact, there's really only a couple mentions of vampires in the entire book. This book covers everything from the dualistic faith to various folktales to some of the various deities and creatures (Rusalka, Vila, etc...) present in Slavic lore.

It's a great introduction to the earlier beliefs of the region.
This book does a superb job of providing enjoyable as well as a pleasurable amount of varied Slavic myths.I have found this book to be interesting as well as intriging and just enjoyable to read. Although many people may comment on the title "Forests of The Vampire" I must warn you that this book is only brief on Vampires, but should not be downgraded because of this; The book still provides many other interesting myths and folktales that many would find interesting throughout the Slavic cultures.

Just like all other "Myth And Mankind" books this one does a great job of providing cultural and religious connections throughout World Cultures. As well the book works contains a good amount of historical refference and as well includes little facts that emphasize the importance as well as meaning that these myths had to their cultures.The book as well does a magnificent job of providing amazing pictures of actual historical items as well as pictures and paintings that lend to the historical as well as cultural aspects of the myths.

A very good book that can be read again and again; I highly recommend this book as well as the others books in the "Myth and Mankind" series.