Deep within the Sacred Woods that lay across the country of Lithuania, remnants of another time exist when you come across the Alkas. An Alka is a sacred site to the ancient pagans of Lithuania and some believe the Lithuanian legends and folklore are hidden beneath the Alka. At the Lithuanian pagan temple Žemaičių Alkas, history unravels with legends stirring crazy within. Dancing and stirring ready to be released. Yet inside they remain. From within the Holy Forest of Lithuania laumes passed on from the Sacred Woods to the homes of Lithuanian farmers the tails, historic stories of the ancient gods and the legends of their lives dancing from the other side of the veil.
The Lithuanian Euronian Pantheon
The god that was most loved for the Baltic people was the Baltic god Perkūnas, the god of thunder. Also known as the Universal guardian of law and order, as well as one of the major fertility gods of Lithuanian mythology. Laume served Laimathe, Baltic goddess of faith.
Velnias, the god of the Underworld
The Great Ruler Rimgaudas
Birutė and Kęstutis
Dalia – The Goddess of Fate and Goods – Also the goddess of weaving – a woman, lamb, dog, swan, or duck.-
Mēness, dressed in a starry gown and riding in a chariot drawn by gray horses, displays traits of a war god but is known chiefly as the main suitor of Saule, the sun goddess, or as one of the rivals for the hand of Saule’s daughter.
The Holy Forest and the Sacred Woods –
Imagine a world of Lithuanian gods, and the people who worship them. The historic culture of Lithuania and the intrigue for the pagan way of life.
Baltic fairy is known as lauma (singular) (plural laumes). Worship of these creatures in Baltic lands dates back to Mesolithic times and belief for them is even older than Baltic pantheon with different gods and goddesses. Laumes were servants of Laimathe Baltic goddess of faith. Laumes were also closely connected to Baltic earth goddess Zemyna. Worship of the mother earth is ancient and dates back over 30 000 years within Europe. Both Zemyna and Laima were some of the most worshiped and respected goddesses in Latvia and Lithuania during Pre-Christian times.
Even at the Vilnius Cathedral history of Paganism and the legends can be witnessed. Yes throughout the city of Vilnius, the legends of ancient Lithuania and the magic of the forests can be witnessed. And on the day of Thursday, Lithuania celebrates the greatest of their gods Perkūnas, the God of Thunder. Perkūnas is the Universal guardian lof law and order, and the Lithuanian people love, admire and fear the great god.
One must try to understand that in Lithuania, folklore is part of Lithuanian tradition. Even during major holidays such as Christmas Eve. Lithuanians still preserve the ancient pagan tradition of leaving food over night for the dead to feast. Since the Mesolithic times records give evindence to a world that can still be seen every moment or so. And the ancient legends of Lithuania are whispered from ancestors and told around campfires in rememberence a time in rhythm, when magic took over the land and the power of the gods’ love and reign spread across the country. Mighty and full of wisdom the whispering has led to the awakening of the ancient stories of folklore and tales of the ancient gods. The oral history of Lithuanian mythology was passed down from generation to generation and the historic world of the ancient Baltic people revered their gods.
Upinis and the river of Spirits throughout the land of Lithuania. From the womb of the almighty Žemyna we all have came from. Have you heard the story of Jūratė and Kastytis. It is a famous Lithuanian legend indeed and one you should know. Especially if you are a fan of mermaids and magic. Vilnius is full of mermaids and magic. But you must also beware because Giltinė, the goddess of death, lurks around the capital city of Vilnius, slow like a sloth. She has lost her owl, who once would walk with her. Yet she is still there. And she wears the raggedy, old clothes of old. I hear she sleeps in the city cemetery. And of course you have the story of Rimgaudas also known as Ryngold was a mythological Grand Duke of Lithuania from the Palemonids legends and father of Mindaugas, the first King of Lithuania (1251–1263).
Eglė the Queen of Serpents
Another treasured god was Eglė the Queen of Serpents. Eglė was a human who married The Serpent King and she became the Queen of Serpents. These two and many gods of nature are a large part of Lithuanian mythology.