List Of Lithuanian Deities and Nature Spirits

Niina Pekantytär

Lithuanian mythology includes fascinating nature spirits and mysterious deities. Often these creatures personified nature and the different aspects of human life.

Aitvaras — Mythical being. Takes shape of a fiery bird or a snake. Protector spirit and bringer of wealth and prosperity.

Alkas — Lithuanian sacrificial place in nature.

Austėja — Goddess of the bees. Protector of brides and pregnant women.

Aušrinė — Morning star.

Burtai — A spell or a magical incantation.

Burtininkas — Practitioner of magic. Witch, wizard, magician.

Dagotuvės — Autumn Equinox.

Dalia — Giver and taker of material goods. Incarnations: swan, lamb, rock, duck and goose.

Dausos — The residence of the souls after death. Souls travelled to Dausos through Milky Way.

Dievas — God of the skies, light, peace, order, justice and cultural values.

Dimstipatis — God of the hearth. Protector of homes from fire.

Egle — Mythical serpent queen. Human-snake shape shifter. Snake goddess.

Ežerinis — God of lakes.

Gabija — Goddess of home and the hearth-fire.

Gabjaujis — God of covered fire.

Giltinė — Goddess of death. Sister of Laima the goddess of faith. One of the three aspects of the faith goddess.

Gyrates — Protector spirit of the forest.

Gyvatė — Snake goddess.

Ilgės — Ancient feast day honouring the dead. Later known as Vélinés.

Jorė — Feast celebrating the arrival of spring. Later known as Jurginés.

Juratė– Mythical mermaid queen of the Baltic sea.

Kalėdos — Winter Solstice.

Kalvelis — Heavenly smith.

Kaukai - Mystical powers of magic.

Laukpatis — Protector of domestic animals and farmland.

Lauksargis — Protector of arable land.

Laumė — Aspect of Laima and Ragana. Protector of women, children, pregnancy, orphans and lost children. Goddess of faith.

Lazdona — Protector goddess of nuts, nut trees and nut-groves.

Marša — Protector goddess of cows and birthing calves.

Medeina — Goddess of the forest.

Mėnuo, Mėnulis — God of the moon.

Miškinis, Girinis — God of the forest. Spirit of the woodlands. (from the Lithuanian words miškas, giria meaning forest).

Pagirinis — God of grass snakes. Ancient Lithuanians kept grass snakes as their pets. Pagirinis protected the home and the hearth fire.

Pavasario lygė — Spring Equinox.

Perkūnas — God of rain, thunder and justice.

Puškaitis — Incarnation of the earth.

Ragana — Goddess of witchcraft, death and dying nature. In modern LithuanianRagana means a witch.

Rasa — Feast of the summer solstice.

Samboriai — May festival celebrating the end of spring labours and the re-birth of nature.

Saulé — Goddess of the sun, cosmological mother of all deities in the Baltic pantheon.

Siela — The soul of a living person. The lifeforce of the body. It can leave the body temporarily during sleep and forever at the time of death.

Skalsa — The embodiment of plenty, prosperity and good fortune. Skalsa used to be celebrated in harvest time. Their symbol is the horn of plenty.

Stabas — Idol, the image of a deity/spirit.

Žaltys — Sacred serpent. Divine messenger of the gods. It was forbidden to harm or kill snakes in ancient Lithuania.

Žvéryné — Goddess associated with the evening star. Holds power over animals, the hunt and the earth.

Žemyna — Mother earth, goddess of fertility and fruitfulness. The receiver of death and creator of new life.

Véjopatis — Goddess of the wind.

Vélé — Soul of a dead person.

Vélinés — Lithuanian Day of the dead celebration.

Velnias — God of the underworld, the receiver of death. Trickster god.

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