Simargl

Etymology: from the Persian  Simurgh a raptor or eagle. According to Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov and Vladimir Toporov, the name of Simargl comes from the Slavonic *Sedmor(o)-golvъ «with seven heads».

 

Attested to in the Primary Chronicle as one of Vladimir’s Pantheon. Simargl, a winged dog, is the guardian of seeds and new shoots. Clearly a borrowing of the Iranian creature known as the Simurgh.

From the 16th Century “Slovo Khristoliubtsa”“It is not proper for Christians to play demonic games: dancing, playing music, demonic songs, and sacrifices to the idols, or praying to fire and fairies and to Mokosh and Simiregl and Perun and to Rod and the Rozhanitsy and to all those who are like them.”

A persian textile from the 6th-7th Century depicting Simurgh.

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3 Responses to Simargl

  1. Meagan says:

    Hello, just wondering what the original source is for the illustration of the simargl at the top of the page? I am presuming it is from a manuscript…does anyone know which one or where it is from? Any help is appreciated! Thank you!

  2. oprishki says:

    I am very sorry, I don’t have a source for this picture. I found it on a Russian website some time ago but it seems the site no longer exists.. I do recall it coming from some sort of early text, probably no earlier than 18th century though. I might be mistaken though so don’t put much on this answer.

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