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Inventory, analysis and evaluation of the primary and secondary sources of Slovene researchers on the old faith in the region of Soča river

Basic Info


When the Danes destroyed the Svetovid's shrine in Arkona in 1168 with fire and axes and baptized all the people of the Rugians in a few days, the last part of the Slavs lost the old faith of their ancestors. At least this seemed to be true, until a few years ago when objects and texts came to the public, a testimony of the existence of an organized pre-Christian belief in the Posočje region in the middle of the 20th century. Its members were organized as "a state in the state" with their own legal and executive authority. This made the scientific public aware of the need to change our view on the roots of our cultural, social and political past. The project focus is the preparation of a multidisciplinary study, which lists, analyses and evaluates the primary and available secondary sources of Slovenian researchers on "the old faith in the Soča river region".

One-eyed guardian (Medvešček, Iz nevidne strani neba, 2019, Fig. 106)

Project team

The project manager Anja Ragolič (ZRC SAZU) will take care of the project management and study the possible ancient components as a substrate of the Posočje religion.
Miha Mihelič (ZRC SAZU) will carry out field topographic work, compile an inventory of primary sources and examine possible prehistoric components as a substrate for t'he old faith in the region of Soča river'
Matjaž Bizjak (ZRC SAZU) will investigate the settlement history of 'the old faith in the region of Soča river'
Katja Hrobat Virloget (FHS) will conduct the necessary ethnological and cultural anthropological research
Cirila Toplak (FDV) will carry out appropriate analyses of the social and organizational-political system
Andrej Pleterski (ZRC SAZU) will show structural comparisons with the system of Old Slavic belief.

Project steps

1st − 18th month

Ethnological and archeological fieldwork, inventory of primary resources, collection of secondary resources.

19th − 21st month

Compilation of synthetic review by individual chapters: prehistory, antiquity, early Middle Ages, settlement history, ethnology, political science. Complementary field research.

22nd − 24th month

Merging and unification of individual chapters into a comprehensive multidisciplinary study that will synthetically represent the life view of the old faith in the region of Soča river, their community, and address the basic concepts of their beliefs. In doing so, the study will provide the starting point for protecting the ingredients of the mythical landscape.