What is comprehended under the Russian mythology is a branch of various Slavic beliefs & traditions once wide-spread all over Europe. The Slavs represent a huge Indo-European group of diverse peoples, which had a bright individuality. We can make this conclusions comparing languages & folklore of neighbouring countries. They all have something in common, but not as much as in Western European cultures. The Slavic family includes Russians, Belorussians, Ukranians, Baltic nations, Poles, Bulgarians, Macedonians, peoples of ex Czechoslovakia & ex Yugoslavia. The major religion is the Orthodox Christianity, while the Cyrillic script is very well-spread. Comparing some samples of the Ancient Russian I have come to an amazing discovery that our ABC is based on the runic letters. Why & how is yet a great question for me, but one day I will find the answer.
The origins of the true Russian mythology are very blur, as, unfortunately, our great nation has passed some dark historical periods which erased our ancient past for ever. (So, people, keep your customs & traditions safe! not to stay like the modern Russian society: without knowing its own history, true roots, God). It is very likely that there was a great Slavic pagan empire on the territory of Russia. It is very likely that some evil neighbours who were jealous with our wide lands decided to conquer them…The proved fact is that by the 17th century the process of destroying the ancient Russian culture began.
The first period lasted until the 19th century. By that moment our history had been rewritten & the people had forgotten the ancient language. The second period did until Lenin & the Bolsheviks’ appearing on the historical stage & meant Europeanizaion of the new Russian society. The third period happened during the Soviet Union. On one hand Communists cut God & Faith from people’s hearts & minds, on the other they created their own culture, in which the Soviet person was the only master of the Universe. I must admit that the Communistic ideology had yet some positive thinking: Soviet people did not know God, but they had to be honest, good, responsible, longing for art & culture. And indeed the Soviet culture represents the flowering of classical arts. Since 1990 Russia has re-entered in the epoch of a new chaos and nobody know when it will be over. The sad thing is the majority of gems of the rich Russian culture have been lost for ever.
All what we know for certain is that once upon a time there was a great mysterious land named Rus’ (in Gaelic it means “race, knowledge, skill, wood” & in Latin language it does“a village”) & it had a very interesting & complicated folklore, pieces of which I’m going to share with you, Esteemed Readers. There is an opinion that first settlers of Rus’ were Venedi or Veneti who arrived from Venetian lands. My own linguistic research proves it, as there is an incredible mysterious interconnection between the Italian & the modern Russian languages.