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« Topic Start: June 26, 2008, 03:18:53 pm »

My great grandmother used to tell my mom stories about "Mamuna".  My mom says that Mamuna is some kind of Slavic "nature spirit."  She used to say that I looked like a "little Mamuna" when I wandered around in the garden.

Twenty years later, I have a cat named Mamuna, but I still haven't been able to find out much about who Mamuna is. 

Suggestions for books on Slavic mythology?  Has anyone heard of Mamuna  Huh
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« Reply #1: June 26, 2008, 07:29:49 pm »

My great grandmother used to tell my mom stories about "Mamuna".  My mom says that Mamuna is some kind of Slavic "nature spirit."  She used to say that I looked like a "little Mamuna" when I wandered around in the garden.

Twenty years later, I have a cat named Mamuna, but I still haven't been able to find out much about who Mamuna is. 

Suggestions for books on Slavic mythology?  Has anyone heard of Mamuna  Huh

Well, this is what Wikipedia says.  I don't know how accurate it is though.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamona
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« Reply #2: June 27, 2008, 10:27:43 pm »

Well, this is what Wikipedia says.  I don't know how accurate it is though.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamona

Unfortunately that Wikipedia article is about all I've been able to find on her. 
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« Reply #3: June 27, 2008, 10:29:08 pm »

Unfortunately that Wikipedia article is about all I've been able to find on her. 

Bummer. Sad Wish I could be of more help.
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« Reply #4: June 27, 2008, 11:03:04 pm »

My great grandmother used to tell my mom stories about "Mamuna".  My mom says that Mamuna is some kind of Slavic "nature spirit."  She used to say that I looked like a "little Mamuna" when I wandered around in the garden.

Twenty years later, I have a cat named Mamuna, but I still haven't been able to find out much about who Mamuna is. 

Suggestions for books on Slavic mythology?  Has anyone heard of Mamuna  Huh

Hello!

Some years back, I was fortunate enough to work with some Cigani, from the Balkans. Some folks also call them Roma, and some refer to them as gypsies. Perhaps there is something in their history or traditions that can give you a bit more direction. Perhaps try either "cigani" or "roma" with "spirit" or "goddess" in your search terms?

Try this: http://www.religioustolerance.org/roma.htm or perhaps this http://web.raex.com/~obsidian/SlavPan.html ... follow links, there's some interesting reading. I found a spiffy looking site regarding slavic paganism, but it was all in Russian. The wikipedia site doesn't give much info, but wiki is good as a jumping off point in research... follow some of the links at the bottom of the page, and you might get some great information.

Anyway, hope this helps a bit.
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« Reply #5: June 28, 2008, 12:36:22 am »

My great grandmother used to tell my mom stories about "Mamuna".  My mom says that Mamuna is some kind of Slavic "nature spirit."  She used to say that I looked like a "little Mamuna" when I wandered around in the garden.

Twenty years later, I have a cat named Mamuna, but I still haven't been able to find out much about who Mamuna is. 

Suggestions for books on Slavic mythology?  Has anyone heard of Mamuna  Huh

Hmmm...there's this:

The Early Slavs: Culture & Society in Early Medieval Eastern Europe
P.M. Barford

And then there's this- not a lot of mythology, motly Russian-focused, and extremely dense and academic:

The Bath House at Midnight: Magic in Russia (Magic in History)
W.F. Ryan

(I have a copy kicking around somewhere, if I can figure out where it is, I'll take a look and see if there are any mentions, but as i'm in the process of getting ready to move, I can't guarantee anything.)

You might also want to look into some of Marija Gimbutas's writing, there are a couple of books by her whoch are out of print, called The Balts and The Slavs.

(note: This isn't Gimbutas's stuff on the supposed one-time ancient universal mother goddess cult, before she got into that, she was considered to be extremely knowledgeable on Baltic and Slavic folklore and archaeology.
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« Reply #6: June 29, 2008, 12:12:53 am »

Bummer. Sad Wish I could be of more help.

I appreciate the effort. Sounds like people have given me some good jumping-off points, which will make for interesting reading if nothing else. 

Thanks, everyone Smiley
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« Reply #7: July 17, 2008, 02:19:30 pm »



There are book and web suggestions here:

http://www.ecauldron.net/mb/messages.php?webtag=TCMAIN&msg=1809.1

For books, I strongly recommend Linda Ivanits's Russian Folk Belief, which is a fantastic intro to, well, Russian folk belief, which contains an enormous amount of pre-Christian material.
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