Slavic Myths – Svarog
In Slavic mythology Svarog is the sun and fire god. He is represented as divine smith, patron of passionate people that have the ‘fire of the heart’ and of blacksmiths. It was believed that he him self forged the sun and gave it to his son Dazhbog to carry it across the sky. The root word ‘svar’ means bright, Sanskrit word ‘svarga’ means sky or heaven and in Indo-Aryan “svar” means the sun. He is identified with Hephaestus in ancient Greek religion who was also a god of blacksmithing, crafting, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes. Ancient Slavs use to swear to Svarog when making a promise or concluding a deal. Usage of his name was respected more then the names of other gods, for Slavs Svarog was a symbol of order.