December 17th, 2007 by sabrina

Kupala (pronounced koo-PAH-lah) is the Slavic Goddess of water, herbs, and magic. Her festival takes place on the day of the summer solstice. Her worshippers bathed themselves in rivers and springs on this day to purify themselves. They also brought offerings of flowers, which they set adrift on the rivers. Another means of purification was jumping through bonfires built in Kupala’s name. Her name means “to bathe” and was also sometimes seen as Kupalo. With the advent of Christianity, her festival was assimilated with another that purified through bathing, that of John the Baptist, known to the Slavs as Ivan Kupala.

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