Sun, 30 March 2008
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According to the web page Global Lithuanian Net; Cosmology of the Ancient Balts, one of the most important sky gods of the old Lithuanian religion was, as we‘ve mentioned before, Perkūnas, the Lithuanian Thundergod. He was powerful and could easily be angered. He was (or is he still?) the cleanser of the Earth from the power of evil. Perkūnas is stern, bearded and powerfully built and he crosses the skies in a fiery chariot drawn by swift horses or at times he woud ride a single fiery horse.
His head is surrounded by flames. In one hand he holds lightning bolts and in his other hand a heavy stone axe. Starting in spring and continuing throughout the year there were nine festivals dedicated to Perkūnas.
Small images of Perkūnas have been found in the Kernavė settlement and in the „Perkūnas House“ in Kaunas. Some words that spring from his name are:
The purpose of this episode is to teach you the verb eiti. The verb, to go on foot, or, to walk, is eiti. Let‘s conjugate that in the present tense. Kaip pasakyti lietuviškai? How do you say it in Lithuanian?
I go (on foot) aš einu
The question, kur tu eini? translates as, where are you going?
Where are you going? Kur tu eini?
Note that sometimes we’ve shortened einame to einam and einate to einat. This happens with many words in spoken Lithuanian.
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COSMOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT BALTS
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