Meet a new religion: Romuva
In September 2010, when I was 19 years old I moved to Lithuania. After spending 6 years on that country (I don’t live there anymore) I still get surprised about the things that I keep on discovering about the culture and folklore of the so-considered the Baltic’s Jewel.
As a self-proclaimed agnostic person (baptised and «first-communioned» as a Christian Catholic) 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 «asky» person, made me research more and more about the «not pagan» religions, but lately, I’ve been learning more about the pagan ones. But, is it Paganism 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». Well, don’t really know how to refer to them Let’s just call them «not Abrahamic related religions».
Romuva is a religion that was found in the Baltic area before their Christianization in 1387. It is a polytheist cult which asserts the sanctity of nature and has elements of ancestor worship (planning to write another post about the Romuvan Deities in the next future). A lot of their traditions are still practiced and in fact, in the nowadays Lithuanian life some references to those deities are still used.
Did you know that actually, Lithuania was the last country in Europe to officially become Christian – a change which took place mainly for political reasons, and which was not completed until the beginning of the 15th century?
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 «fame» around the world, since Lithuania was once the biggest country in Europe and its language is the oldest one in our continent.