Those who think they can find Slavs in the Levant should look into the following divinities:
- Yarikh (Jerah, Jarah, Jorah) – aka “illuminator of the heavens”‘, “illuminator of the myriads of stars” and “lord of the sickle”.
- Yarikh was the provider of nightly dew, and married to the goddess Nikkal, his moisture causing her orchards to bloom in the desert. The city of Jericho was a center of his worship, and its name may derive from the name Yarikh, or from the Cannanite word for moon, Yareaẖ
- origin: Canaanite
- Yarhibol – worshiped mainly in ancient Palmyra, a city in central Syria. He was depicted with a solar nimbus and styled “lord of the spring“. (The suffix -bol may simply refer to “a god” (as in Baal) – what is interesting is whether that has anything to do with “Bol” as in “great” such as in Boleslav)
- origin: Aramean
Now compare with:
- Jarowit or Yarovit (Gerovit, Herovith) – the Polabian God of War
- Yassa, Yessa – probably a diminutive (compare, Sasha) of Yarovit, the Polish High God (Jupiter) who was also seen as the fertility/spring God (compare with the English “year” or German Jahr) that is Dionyssus or Bacchus or Jasion (with Demeter, the Earth Mother). Perhaps the same as the Ukrainian/Belorussian/Russian, Jarilo.
For some explanations (?), see here. Jassa is also a city in the Bible.
For more Bible “stuff” see here.
What this really suggests is an IE influence much further south than previously thought.
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