Meet a new religion: Romuva

Europe 13 de feb. de 2017

In September 2010, when I was 19 years old I moved to聽Lithuania. After spending 6 years on that country聽(I don’t live there anymore)聽I still get surprised about the things that I keep on discovering about the culture and folklore of the聽so-considered the Baltic’s Jewel.

As a self-proclaimed agnostic person聽(baptised and 芦first-communioned禄 as a Christian Catholic)聽I have always found that my religion or what was told to me was not enough. It didn’t fulfil me. Thus, I started looking elsewhere. Also, the fact that I’m a very curious and聽芦asky禄聽person, made me research more and more about the聽芦not pagan禄聽religions, but lately, I’ve been learning more about the pagan ones. But, is it聽Paganism聽the term we want to use? Is it properly used? Or may it be considered somehow disrespectful.

If we check it up on wikipedia it tells that Paganism is a term that first arose among the Christian community of southern Europe during late antiquity as a descriptor of religions other than their own, or the related Abrahamic religions; e.g., Judaism and Islam禄. Well, don’t really know how to refer to them Let’s just call them聽芦not Abrahamic related religions禄.聽

Romuva聽is a religion that was found in the聽Baltic area before their Christianization in 1387. It is a polytheist cult聽which asserts the sanctity of nature and has elements of ancestor worship聽(planning to write another post about the Romuvan Deities in the next future).聽A lot of their traditions are still practiced and in fact, in the nowadays Lithuanian life some references to those deities are still used.聽

Did you know that actually,聽Lithuania was the last country in Europe to officially become Christian 鈥 a change which took place mainly for political reasons, and which was not completed until the beginning of the 15th century?聽

This type of post is a totally new one for me. I have never written about these type of things. Yes, it’s true, I have written about Lithuanian culture many times but never like this. I am getting very excited about this new path. I think that Lithuanian and Baltic culture deserve more聽芦fame禄聽around the world, since聽Lithuania聽was once the biggest country in Europe and its language is the oldest one in our continent.



Pau Mateo

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