The Order of the White Moon Goddess Gallery Presents




The Ancient Slavic Earth Goddess



A Level II Final Project for The Sacred Three Goddess School

by Adept Luma Mora


(©2020. All original material in this work is under copyright protection and is the intellectual property of the author.)


Mokosh is the most ancient and important female deity of the Russian pantheon. Her name is derived from the Slavic words associated with moisture. She is the personification of the moist and fertile earth. Mokosh is the only female deity mentioned in the Primary Chronicle, a history of the Ancient Slavs dating back to the 9th century. The Slavs worshipped Mokosh as the Great Mother Earth and felt profound respect for the Goddess who gave and took life. During the Christianization of the Ancient Slavs, warnings were issued against worshipping Mokosh and she was replaced by the figures of the Virgin Mary and St. Paraskevia. Despite the attempt to eradicate her cult, Mokosh remained popular in Eastern Europe. Today, she is associated with traditional domestic activities, and is seen as a life-giving force and protector of women.


Rain is considered the divine milk of Mokosh. She is the giver of life’s water and her presence is invoked during times of drought.


A common ritual performed for Mokosh is called the Dodola, meaning “to give milk.” During a drought, a young girl is dressed in a net of fresh flowers and leaves. The child dances and sings an incantation while water I s splashed on her garb of greenery.  


We pass through the village, and the clouds across the sky.

We go quicker, and the clouds go quicker,

But the clouds have overtaken us

and have bedewed the fields.


We go through the village, and the clouds across the sky,

and see, a ring drops from the clouds.


The Songs of the Russian People W.R.S. Ralston 1872


Mokosh Embroidery from the Belgorod Museum of Folk Culture


The image of Mokosh has gradually transformed over time from the cosmic Earth Goddess to the patroness of the house. Traditional Slavic embroideries depict Mokosh as a woman with long arms. Her figure is associated with household duties such as spinning, weaving, and sheering sheep. The following artwork represents the ancient image of Mokosh as the moist earth Goddess.


Mokosh by Luma Mora




Slavic Pagan World Compilation by Garry Green


Slavic Myth by Mike Dixon Kennedy


Mokos by Encyclopaedia Britannica


The Songs of the Russian People by W.R.S. Ralston




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