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Img.393 from Milicz #D2)

Img.393 (#D2): This is a photograph of a pagan idol, which is displayed in Milicz's "Regional Chamber" under the name "Rulers of Milicz". Not much is currently known about it, other than the fact that it was once an object of pagan worship near present-day Milicz. I personally suspect that it represents a Slavic idol called "Thunderbolt", and that in pagan times it was originally placed under an ancient oak located at the site of a pagan cult once practiced in the area of the former cemetery of Wszewilki. This cemetery and the cult of the idol "Lightning" (also described as "Pierun") practiced on it are discussed in items #C2. and #L2. on the web page about the village of Wszewilki. The premise for this suspicion, that probably this is the god "Bolt" from the cult area in Wszewilki, is firstly the fact that this statue was carved from a single piece of oak tree, on a scale of 1:1 (i.e. it has the size of an adult human). In turn, for the ancient Slavs, the oak tree was precisely the sacred tree "reserved" for the worship of the god Lightning. In turn, the premise that this idol most likely came from the cult site in Wszewilki is the fact that in close proximity to Milicz, apart from Wszewilki, there was no other place dedicated to this idol. It is worth mentioning here that at the time of writing this description the dating of this sculpture by the radioactive carbon method had not yet been done. Nevertheless, by the degree of its obsolescence one can guess that it is more than 2000 years old. This in turn would agree with the approximate dating of this cult site, carried out in item #C2 on the web page about Wszewilki.

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