Lithuanian Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Lithuania

GABIJA

Lithuanian Fire Goddess

Also known as Gabieta, Gabeta, Gabjieta

The Great Lithuanian Fire Goddess

For women only. She is the deity of the domestic fireplace, and protects the home — provided she is looked after properly. She must be carefully tended. Only pure water must be used if a hearth fire needs to be banked.

Fine ashes must be spread on top of the sleeping embers at night to prevent her from getting up and going for a walk. You do not want a fire goddess wandering around your house at night.

The flame is sacred and must only be allowed to go out at the time of Rasa — when new sacred fire must be obtained from the sacred source and transported by human chain or possibly a relay race for the re-kindling ceremony.

She is sometimes identified with Gabjauja but we don’t want to fan the flames of controversy.

Gabija Facts and Figures

Name: Gabija
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Gabieta, Gabeta, Gabjieta

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Area or people: Lithuania
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Fire
Area of expertise: Fire

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 203

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Article last revised on May 10, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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