KUPALAAlso known as KUPALO
Love God of Summertime Festival Frolics
From Russia with love. He is a colorful young harvest deity who was originally a pre-Christian God of Love, Sex and Fertility.
During Kupala Night, unmarried youngsters head into the woods to search for ferns which — for one night only — magically produce flowers. This may lead to relationship bliss. Or at least a kiss. Anyone who finds a flowering fern receives a lifetime's supply of good luck and a sinecure at the botany research institute of their choice.
Meanwhile, garlands are floated, bonfires are lit, and couples leap hand-in-hand over the flames to test their romantic suitability. We feel sure KUPALA approves — even if, thanks to Christian assimilation, he has now been downgraded to the role of fake JOHN-THE-BAPTIST stand-in.
This kind of thing also goes on in the Baltic. See KUPOLE.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Area or people : Russia
Location : Czech Republic, Poland and Russia
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : KUPALO
Popularity index : 148
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