The Slavic people possess an ancient culture filled with beautiful clothing, traditional dances, ethnic cuisine, and their own tradition of mythology, folklore, and fairy tales. Despite their rich cannon of myth, Slavic mythology gets much less attention than other European groups.
When people think of mythology, they tend to think of the great gods and epic heroes whose exploits passed on into myth and legend. However, scholars such as Jacqueline Simpson, renowned folklorist, have pointed out that ancient indigenous beliefs lingered on in folklore. This extends also to folk customs and traditions, which often have roots connecting back to mythological figures and beliefs.
The new species of ancient hominin called Homo naledi has been reported on numerous news sites this month, with National Geographic taking the lead. While the primary focus of most reporting is on the human evolutionary tree, there are some important points from a mythological standpoint.