By Roman Jakobson
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Hostility toward the comparative method, that effective instrument of historical linguistics, inevitably leads investigators of Slavic pagan antiquity to an impoverishment and distortion of the mythological data. Despite the vital continuity of the Slavic oral tradition, the skeptics put in doubt the historical instructiveness of the folk rituals, legends, and beliefs of the recent past. When separated from the folkloric names and motifs, the written sources inevitably lose their informative value.
23 Secondly, in the testimonies on Perun there is nothing decisive that links 20 A. Bruckner, Mitologia Slava (Bologna, 1923); idem, Mitologja polska (Warsaw, 1924). 21 Cf. V. Dal', Tolkovyj slovar' zivogo velikorusskogo jazyka 3 (St. , 1882), 31 Of. 22 A. Stender-Petersen, op. , p. 53. 23 Polnoe sobranie russkix letopisej, izdavaemoe postojannoju istoriko-arxeograficeskoj komissieju Akademii Nauk SSSR 1: Lavrent'evskaja letopis'; vyp. , 1926), col. ; cf. The Russian Primary Chronicle, trans, and ed.
Meillet, "Le vocabulaire slave et le vocabulaire indoiranien", Revue des Etudes Slaves 6 (1926). LINGUISTIC EVIDENCE IN COMPARATIVE MYTHOLOGY 15 Slav. bogb). Furthermore, the original noun for the worshipped heaven (*dyeus) was replaced by the original word for "cloud" (Av. nabah-, Church Slav. nebo). 7 The closeness of the Slavic religious vocabulary to the Iranian, exposing the communality of both faith and ritual, also finds a striking parallel in the names and functions of individual gods. Yet the skeptics either ignore this connection or construct unsubstantiated surmises about purely literary secular borrowings, proper merely to a narrow social elite.
Contributions to Comparative Mythology. Studies in Linguistics and Philology, 1972-1982 by Roman Jakobson