Chuma

October 17th, 2009 by sabrina

star-of-heavenChuma is the Slavic Goddess of death. She is the daughter of Veles, God of cattle and the Underworld. Chuma is depicted as a pale woman with white hair, dressed in a white gown. She carries a pair of silver scissors and a birchwood staff. The scissors she uses to cut the thread of life, and she gives the staff to the dead to help them on their way to the Underworld. Although Chuma is a Goddess of death, she is generally seen as a benign presence, and is called on by those who are dying to bring them a peaceful end. Chuma’s name, which means “plague,” is also seen as Tshuma.

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1 response about “Chuma”

  1. AnnaPerenna said:

    May I ask which country or East European region this lady comes from? I am Western Slavic myself but unfortunately I never heard of this goddess, though she is most fascinating and the birch staff just awesome.
    In the West, Slavs believed in Mara / Marzanna / Maryevna, which means Death (umrzec means to die, Mara has the same root).