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Meaning & History

The name of a Polabian god of war, often identified with the Roman god Mars.

Scholars connect the root jar- with the Proto-Slavic adjective *jarъ(jь) "vigorous, strong" or alternatively with *jarъ "vernal", and thus be connected to the Slavic deity of vegetation Jarylo.

In the second part there is supposed to be a suffix -vit meaning "lord, ruler, hero". The suffix has been linked to the word *vitati "to invite, to wish health".

The deity is also known as Jarovit and Gerovit.
Added 12/6/2022 by guasguendi