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JURATE
Also known as JURATA, JŪRATĖ, JURASMAT

Mermaid Goddess of the Baltic Sea

A famous folktale favorite across the Baltic and beyond, she is Queen of the Lithuanian mermaids — a rare and unusual mythological species. She is also a deity of healing who fell in love with a mortal called Kastysis.

He was fishing near her amber palace and must have been breaking several environmental regulations as she tried to get rid of him. But he was so handsome that she couldn't resist and invited him back to her place.

Unfortunately, her lover was killed by PERKUNAS, who felt that such a mortal impurity who could not be allowed to sully the sacred waters. According to eyewitness reports, the amber palace was smashed into little bits and Kastysis smashed with it. Her healing efforts were in vain as he died.

Now JURATE weeps all the time — and her tears are solid drops of amber. Which is great for tourism as amber is the national gem of Lithuania.

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Article last updated on 19 January 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT JURATE : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : JURATE
Location : Lithuania, Latvia and Prussia
Gender : Female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : JURATA, JŪRATĖ, JURASMAT
Popularity index : 288

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