Morana has grown up to become what ancient Slavs recognized as the patroness of the winter, the underworld and symbol of the end of physical life as we mortals know it. Morana has many names: Mara, Mor, Morena, Marzanna and she is the all-powerful mistress of Winter, which covers the ground in icy shroud, so that she could rest and gain strength. She belongs to the pantheon of ancient Slavic gods, as is considered to be the sister of Lelia.
In ancient times people especially worshiped Morena in the territory of Kievan Rus. Initially, she was the goddess that was worshiped as a homemaker, but also the goddess of fertility and mother of all living. However with time gradually Morena transformed into the evil messenger of wilting, impotent old age and disease. It should be noted that in many ancient tales she confronts Perun and sometimes even joins Veles in mischief and trickery.
White, like a shroud or the winter snow, the color that in the old days was put in time of trouble is also mentioned as Mare in Norse mythology, where it appeared as a night daemon. The creature that was sitting on persons chest during sleep and caused nightmarish visions and suffocating. It is obvious that goddess Morena has indo-European roots same as the root of her name “Mora” which in English is Mare, and today we link that root with a well known word “Nightmare”
Other Slavic legends among Russians say that Morena lives in the mirror palace, which can be reached only through Kalinov Bridge. They say the bridge connects the two banks of the river with bottomless deapth, and the palace is protected by serpents, this is the place that our Slavic ancestors associated funerals with.
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