Review: Black Earth: A Field Guide to the Slavic Otherworld

Like many of those who read The Book Haunt, my mythological background is Greco-20171007_003010Roman and Norse. Andrew Paciorek’sĀ Black Earth: A Field Guide to the Slavic Otherworld was a venture into the unknown for me; a journey into a mythology and a worldview that was both alien and familiar.

First, I have to give credit where it’s due.

Paciorek’s descriptions and explanations of each of the gods made them relatable for someone brand new to Slavic mythology. There are at least a handful of parallels between Slavic and other European mythologies that the author made sure to note, but this commentary was grounded in well-researched reality.

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