BALTIC MYTHOLOGY

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JURATE

Baltic Sea Goddess

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.

JURATE FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : JURATE
Location : Lithuania, Latvia and Prussia
Gender : Female
Type : deity
In charge of : the Ocean
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : JURATA, JŪRATĖ, JURASMAT
Popularity index : 327
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Article last updated on 28 January 2014 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "JURATE: Goddess of the Sea from Baltic mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 28 Jan. 2014. Web. 2 September 2014.

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