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SEMARGL

Slavic Grain God

Also known as SIMARGL

Family-friendly Griffin God of Barley

He is a deity who protects seeds and grain, particularly barley. Or is he? There appears to be a little confusion, perhaps due to over-zealous attempts to extract his personality from translations of his name. (It appears that ‘Simargl’ may mean ‘family’, ‘barley’, ‘harvest’ or ‘seven-headed purple aardvark’.)

We prefer our own eminently feasible theory that he was really two gods, Sim and Argl, who became inseparable drinking buddies after a night of hard gargling.

Other, more sensible, sources claim he is a dog with wings, or even a griffin. Which leads us to enquire why on earth such a griffin would spend its time protecting barley. What does barley needs protecting from? The world needs to be told.

SEMARGL FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : SEMARGL
Location : Czech Republic, Poland and Russia
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Grain
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : SIMARGL
Popularity index : 2212

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Article last updated on 29 January 2014 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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