Jarilo Slavic GodJarilo Spring God

Jarilo

Jarilo alternatively Yarilo, Jarovit, or Gerovit, was a major male Slavic deity of vegetation, fertility and spring, also associated with war and harvest.

Jarilo was a son of the supreme Slavic god of thunder, Perun, his lost, missing, tenth son, born on the last night of February, the festival of Velja Noć (Great Night), the pagan Slavic celebration of the New Year. On the same night, Jarilo was stolen from his father and taken to the world of the dead, where he was adopted and raised by Veles, Perun's enemy, He is celebrated with song and dance in festivals held in late spring and early summer.

Jarilo and his sister Morana (goddess of winter & death), children of Perun, are both associated with the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

Sun Wheel (swastika) is symbol of Jarilo