A bright, nature-loving son of top Thunder God PERUN, he was godnapped and taken to the Underworld by VELES. You can guess what happened next — dire winter engulfed the land, plants grew sad and droopy and fertility was put on hold.
Luckily JARILO escaped and arrived home just in time for spring. Flowers bloomed, birds sung and everybody found themselves considerably more fertile. Cue a spring festival and an excuse for dressing up in foliage.
Now JARILO is stuck in a never-ending seasonal cycle of death and rebirth. Every spring he ushers in an orgy of sexy celebration when he arrives from his winter break on a white horse. Never mind shining armor — it would only get in the way. Shining amour is more like it.