His name means ‘Black God’. He is a dark demonic deity, a hideous shadowy figure dressed in black who only appears at night.
The lord of evil, CHERNOBOG causes calamity and disaster, bringing bad luck and misfortune wherever he turns. There is no hidden agenda — he just enjoys being a black-hearted villain. He is the Darth Vader of Slavic mythology. His opposite number is BELOBOG, the White God of Goodness. The two of them are in eternal conflict.
CHERNOBOG is feared all over Russia as a being of pure nastiness, in the same evil club as AHRIMAN or SATAN. Not many would pray to such a deity, but one early passage reveals that people would spit curses into a bowl during feasts to keep him at bay. What a wonderful idea — a holy swearbox.
CHERNOBOG is so utterly malevolent that few writers dared to jot down details of his foul deeds. All we have are shadows and rumor and hints. It’s almost as if early priests invented him as a Slavic SATAN figure to keep the locals terrified. Could this all be a blackwash?