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Name comes from the word "veda" meaning "knowledge, wisdom", and it represent Slavic shaman. Here presented with hallucinogenic mushroom (Amanita muscaria) used by shamans across Europe and Asia. Many features also connect it with Veles Slavic god magic and afterlife, among other things.
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I can speak for my home country - Slovenia. Here we have old tales about different shamanic beings. "Pehta" or "Divja žena" (wild woman) would according to tales help people in trouble - she would plough the fields for them at night, heal the ill etc. Another example would be "vedomec" (along the lines of "he who has knowledge") - a shape shifting evil magician. They would gather in groups at crossroads and wait for an innocent traveller. Then they would attack him, eat him, play with his bones, reassemble him again and let him go. There is even a saying that if someone looked ill he was "licked by vedomec". But if you are asking about a class of society, like celtic druids, I am afraid I do not know much.
Thanks. Well there is very little information about Slavic priests of any kind. And Slavic shamans "vedun" and maybe "volhv" are more my like hypothesis then the fact. Slavs have rich ritual practice, and we have very live stories about people leaving their bodies and fighting with another beings in some kind of spiritual plain (like astral projection).