You search, looking towards your heritage to find the truth in who you are. You will discover the legends of the great gods of Latvia. And when seeking the truth the Gods of Latvia once spoke, as people search the history books, the fairy tales and folklore of the past, they begin to reveal a majestic world of folklore, a place where ancient gods roamed the forests and swam in the rivers and sea. Yet, once one discovers a story, brushes the dust off the top and opens the front cover of the ancient books leading in towards the legends and folklore of Latvia, one may find themselves arriving in a great forest of knowledge and wisdom. As you brush your fingers through the pages of the books and you discover within the majestic details of the stories the Latvian mythology that lies within and full of abundance of cultural references historians will find satisfying and adventure seekers will desire. The folklore of Latvia includes great stories of magical gods and goddesses dancing together, and living in harmony. Many of these great stories you can see through the movies of Latvia available.
The Great Goddess Māra
Māra will protect you along with Saule. As we take you back to about 1,500 years ago, we begin so what truly happened to the gods and the beautiful goddess Māra. They were spoken of in the ancient Vedas and the gods traveled far. Yet when they were young, their life was much different in the land of India.
I promise you find Latvian legends that reach back thousands of years. As we begin to dig deep into the folklore of Latvian, let us look towards the sun, the moon, the rivers, the sky. Let us listen to the sound of the thunder roar and the flash of the lightning strike. For as we do so, we begin to awaken the gods. And as the rain begins to pour down slow, in a slow drizzle, one begins to understand that the gods are now alive.
- Chapter One, The Journey of the Sanskrit Gods
- Chapter Two, From Fields to Farms
- Chapter Three, The Baltic Crusades and the Fall of the Gods
- Chapter Four, The Silencing of the Gods
- Chapter Six, The Reawakening of Latvian Folklore
- Chapter Seven, The Legends Never Die
A History of Latvian Folklore
There once was a time, a long, long time ago, when the Livonian lands were left alone from invaders. Allow me to take you to this time, a time when the legends of Latvia and the Latvian folklore that followed spread across the land and kept Christianity at Latvia’s doorstep. It all begins in Livonia, with the Livonian Brothers of the Sword and the days of Terra Mariana. There were Finnic tribes in the North and Baltic tribes in the south of Livonia and Livonia stretched from Estonia to present day Latvia. Both Danes and Germans were looking to expand towards what is currently present day Latvia, yet before they arrived they had heard the tales of the Baltic peoples love for their gods. And the mythology of Latvia was strong in the tribes of the Baltics and the gods were alive and danced as the legends were told. The stories were told of a land called Latvia, yet the stories were never written, only told by word of mouth. Yes, through the fires of the tribes the stories of Latvia were told.
There are many gods including Dievs, Saule, Vels, Laima, Dieva, Janis, Mara and Auseklis to name just a few from the family of Latvian gods. We will dive in to more of these gods here in the future. Dievs is the Creator of everything. As Latvia’s supreme god, he is the symbol of the sky and the sky is a symbol of him. Sing our favorite Dainas and experience the true Latvian summer of 2020.
Latvia Before the Baltic Crusades
Let’s begin the stories by discussing Albert of Riga in 1220 and the Livonians, Latgalians, and Selonians. Because here is when we find what some would call the end of paganism in Latvia and the rise of Christianity. Let us take you to Riga in 1220 and here you find the secrets of Latvia. The Baltic Crusades took place during this time and here is when we see the magic begin to fade. The Livonian Crusades took place throughout the 13th century. Also known as the Northern Crusades, we will get into this in more detail later. What I would like for us to continue to stay focused on is life in Latvia during these times.
Awake in a land of peace. I would like to first introduce you to someone before we begin this journey. I would like to introduce you to Ragana. She will provide for you by seeing into the future. And you are a Knights Templar of the Livonian Order currently at the great Dinaburga Castle. It is said that at the Battle of Riga a curse was set on Albert of Riga and this is how the werewolf began. There are other mentions of werewolves in Latvian history as well.
Latvian Werewolves in Riga
The Symbols of Latvian Folklore
The symbols of Latvia can be seen throughout the country. Traditional Latvian folk symbols are as follows.