Mike Dixon-Kennedy - Encyclopedia of Russian and Slavic Myth and Legend

Mike Dixon-Kennedy - Encyclopedia of Russian and Slavic Myth and Legend

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Known to the classical writers of the first and second centuries as the Vanedi,a people living beyond the Vistula, the Balts and Slavs originated the northeastern Indo-European languages spoken in central and eastern Europe, the Balkans, and parts of north Asia.The Slavs are generally subdivided into three linguistic and cultural groups: the Western Slavs, including the Poles, Czechs, Moravians, and Slovaks; the Eastern Slavs, made up of Russians, Ukrainians, and Belorussians; and the Southern Slavs, comprising the Bulgars, Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes. The closely related Balts are also divided into three groups: Latvians, Lithuanians, and Prussians