Dodola

Dodola

Among the Slavs, Dodola was revered as the goddess of summer and the summer of human life-youth. With special love, Dodola patronized young girls, their amusements, songs, games and quirks: divination, beliefs — all the secrets of girls.

In the most ancient myths, Dodola was the wife of the thunderer Perun. In the old days there was a custom to take a young girl, crowned with herbs and flowers, around the village in a dry summer. She was called Dodola. At each hut, the marchers lined up, sang and danced. Dodola danced with them. The mistress of the house, was taking a bucket full of water, poured it over her — this rite asked the heavens for rain.

The myth of the Diva-Dodol and the story of the birth of the God Yarilo.
Once Perun and Velez were friends. Then they met the beautiful Diva Dodola and both fell in love with her. The proud and unapproachable Diva-Dodola immediately refused Veles, the God of the Three Worlds, and Perun fell in love with her, the Goddess of Thunderstorms agreed to marry him. Then Velez turned into a magical white flower that met on the way of the Diva-Dodola. The goddess could not pass by and bent down to smell the beautiful flower. After that, she immediately fell asleep, and when she woke up, her son Yarilo was born, the God of the Spring Sun and Passion, similar to the one that Velez felt for the Diva-Dodola.