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Ivanov and Toporov identified Slavic religion as an outgrowth of a common Proto-Indo-European religion , sharing strong similarities with other neighbouring Indo-European belief systems such as those of Balts , Thracians and Indo-Iranians . According to Adrian Ivakhiv, the Indo-European element of Slavic religion may have included what Georges Dumézil studied as the " trifunctional hypothesis ", that is to say a threefold conception of the social order, represented by the three castes of priests, warriors and farmers. Gimbutas, otherwise, emphasised that Slavic religion represented an unmistakable overlapping of Indo-European patriarchal themes and pre-Indo-European—or what she called " Old European "—matrifocal themes. The latter were particularly hardwearing in Slavic religion, represented by the widespread devotion to Mat Syra Zemlya , the "Damp Mother Earth". Rybakov emphasised the continuity and gradual complexification of Slavic religion, which started from devotion to life-giving forces ( bereginy ), ancestors and the supreme God , Rod ("Generation" itself), and developed into the "high mythology" of the official religion of the early Kievan Rus' . [5]

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