Piarun is the Slavic God of Thunderstorms, described as a tall well-built man with black hair and long golden beard. He rode the skies on a horse-drawn carriage, holding lightning bolts in one hand. Others believe that Piarun carried huge mill stones in his hands and struck them together to produce thunder and lightning. The chips of Piarun's mill stones would occasionally fall down on Earth, and so the flingstones, that were used in the ancient times for stone knives and axes, are still sometimes called "Piarun arrows". Many "Piarun arrows" are known in Belarus and were often used as sacrificial pagan stones.
2. The Origin of Valentines Day
The legend of Saint Valentine is commonly told throughout Belarus by people of all ages. It tells of a man, Saint Valentine, who fell in love with the daughter of the Belarusian Czar. However, she was betrothed to a Russian prince, a rejection which struck Saint Valentine deeply. Devastated and heartbroken, Saint Valentine carved his heart out of his chest and sent it to the Czar's daughter, still beating, as a reminder of his eternal love for her. Saint Valentine is honored each year on February 14th with the sending of heart-shaped cards, a rememberence and tribute to this act of heartache and suffering, a bittersweet celebration of the strength, and strain, of such a powerful emotion.
Belarusian legend speaks of a great war that took place upon the country's soil long ago, between man and the elephant-men who terrorized the countryside. Years and years went by with no hope of resolving this conflict until one day a student of the occult imprisoned the spirit of one of these elephant-men in a nearby oak tree. Terrified, the rest of the elephant-men retreated, but it is said that at night the eerie trumpeting calls of the elephant-man echo through the Belarusian woods.