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 Jūratė 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.
In Latvia she is the Ocean Mother Juras Mate.
Jurate Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Jūratė, JURATA
Area or people: Lithuania
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: the Ocean
Area of expertise: Sea, Seas, Ocean, Oceans
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 412
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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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