Veles, sculpted by Igor Kordyukov, 2015.
Veles is a god worshipped historically in Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe, and North and Central Asia. He is associated with the earth and waters, the underworld, serpents, bears, magic, wealth, and cattle.
Veles’ recurrent battles with Perun, lord of the storm, create the changing seasons.
As the bear, Veles is protector of herds and flocks. As Lord of the Underworld, he rules over a land of eternal spring, where fantastic creatures roam, and where birds migrate each winter. Jarilo, the god of vegetation, also spends the cold months in Veles’ realm.
Veles is the patron of merchants, livestock farmers, and musicians.