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Rozanica, Genetrix.
[to Whom the nineteenth day of October, day 292, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Russian.
Linguistic Note: the initial 'r' may be trilled, ie: fopho r.
Description: White skinned, white clothed, white veiled, beautiful old White Goddess of prophesy and fate; She Who glistens as She walks; Spirit of tribal communities; Ruler of human fatality; She and Her consort are the deities of ancestors, or ancestors deified; She Who dwells below the earth.
Mostly named in the plural She Who appears in triple form at the birth of a child to make prophetic wishes for shehe's coming life.
To Whom Sacred: flowers (with which She sometimes decks Herself); lit candles (which She sometimes carries); gold and silver necklaces (which She wears); the colour white; caves and cracks in the earth surface (gates to the underworld in which She dwells); a special corner of a home made into a shrine.
Some say bread, wine or candles may be offered Her; some say it is forbidden to offer honey, bread or cheese.
Festival: at harvest time the domestic shrine is decorated with freshly embroidered linen clothes.
Male Associate: consort, Rodu (variant Rod), Forefather, Ancestor, Kin, primordial god of cultivators.

Source: FWSDDFML/1027; LWM/403, 414; MP.BGH/277.
Baba-Yaga, ----.

Geography/Culture: Slavic. Russian, Czech and Polish folk belief.
Description: Tall, (some say little), gaunt, iron-nosed Hag with dishevelled hair; Thunder-Witch; She Who lives in a hut on chickens' legs (which revolves in order to remain permanently facing a particular direction) surrounded by a fence made of human bones topped with human skulls; Awful and Awesome Goddess of forest wilderness and death; Witchlike Woman; She Who scares people to death in the depths of the forest, and then devours them; the devil's Grandmother.
She and Her hut are depicted in Moussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition".
To Whom Sacred: pestle and mortar (She travels through the air in the pestle, using the mortar as an oar); some say Her vehicle is an iron cauldron; broom (with which She sweeps away the traces of Her flight); skull (Her picket fence is topped with them).
Male Associate: Zmei-Gorynich, Serpent-of-the-the-mountains.

Source: AEv3 4; Cavendish MIE 196; EB26V25 230; Monaghan BGH 40, 80; Upton & Borowski SCG 357,
Sudice, {Those-Who-Judge}.

Geography/Culture: Polish.
Linguistic Note: from {presumably Polish) soud, 'judgement'.
Description: Demons of fortune; Those Who represent that which is destined and meted out to man.

Source: LWM/414.
worked on: October 1995July 31, 1991.
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