“Goi Ogneyari” (Гой огнеяре) is a song by the Russian Slavic revival folk ensemble AuraMira and lead singer Svetozar. It’s sung in Old Russian, and the song’s arrangement expresses a reverence, a blessing, and an invocation of the life giving fire / sun.
The lyrics of this mantra-like song don’t translate literally into modern Russian, but their meaning is as follows:
- The words “goi” or “goi yesi” are an ancient form of a blessing/greeting, akin to “may it be!” or “god bless!”, “be alive!”, “be healthy!”, etc. The word “goi” is of a Proto-Indo-European origin and is associated with the life-giving force.1
- “Ogneyari” means to burn or to flame brightly.
- “Zhivodari” means to give life.
- “Sva” is the ancient Russian word for the heavenly sky.
Below is a performance of “Goi Ogneyari” by the band on their SoundCloud page:
And here is a live performance of the song by Svetozar:
This song has now been added to our traditional music gallery. More songs like it can be found here:
“Гой еси.” Wikipedia. Accessed November 11, 2018. https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Гой_еси.