Night sky in Kernavė

Origins of the Kernavė’s thunder God Perkūnas

A bearded, long haired man with an austere face that is depicted by a 12 cm bronze sculpture is the most famous archeological find over the last 150 years, which made Kernavė famous. The man’s nakedness is covered with a cloth kerchief which is draped over his right hand and turned over hi s hips. We see an object of unclear origins in his elevated left hand that is decorated with wavy lines; in his right hand, the man is also holding something, however only a hole in the hand remains. There is a vertical hole one and a half centimeters in diameter in the sculpture. By the middle of the 19th century, they believed that they’d found in Kernavė, a sculpture of the pagan god of Thunder, Perkūnas. […]

Mėnuo Juodaragis 2017

20th fable of Mėnuo Juodaragis tells of God of Thunder and Wardruna

The summer is going to be hot for Mėnuo Juodaragis, the festival of alternative music and modern Baltic culture. On the last weekend of August, the anniversary 20th edition of the festival will take place. The theme of the event will be illuminated with whips of lightning wielded by Perkūnas, the Baltic god of thunder, while the music programme will be headlined by Wardruna, the modern Norse tradition band from Norway. The organisers of the festival have also revealed guests from other countries. […]

Vytautas the Great

Lithuania sounded like some country out of an American soap opera – historian Rowell

“For the Western reader who has no background knowledge all that seems to be happening is that crazy Belarusians arguing with crazy Lithuanians. The reader sees no difference between the two. . There’s no point in arguing with ‘idiots’ but you can still make your point known without getting angry. In Lithuania they do say however that there are lots of truths and that’s nonsense. The truth is one thing but there are lots of opinions” – that’s what Lithuanian Institute of History scholar Dr. Stephen Rowell says. He together with his colleague Dr. Darius Baronas are were awarded the 2016 Lithuanian Science Prize for their monograph “Lithuania’s Transformation: Pagan Barbarians become Christians of the Late Middle Ages” which has been published in English. […]