The Church of the Divine Earth


 Romuva Symbol

 
Romuva

"temple" "abode of inner peace" "sanctuary"
"šventyklą" "gyvenamoji vieta vidinę ramybę" "šventyklą"

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Romuva is the Lithuanian Expression of Baltic Faith. The name is a tribute to the fallen Prussians who were Balts as are Lithuanians, but whose language and culture were assimilated by the early 1700s. Romuva is the name of the most important sanctuary of the Prussians which was destroyed by crusaders beginning in the 13th century.

Romuva is a revival of the indigenous Pagan religion of Lithuania. The symbol of Romuva is a stylized oak tree with three pairs of branches topped by a sacred flame. The three pairs of branches represents the axis mundi, or “world tree,” known in local mythology as Austras Koks, "tree of dawn," i.e., a tree of life.

The three tiers represent the three worlds: the world of the living, or present day, the world of the dead, or passed time, and the world to come, the future. The flame represents the ritual offering fire central to Romuva religious practice.

Today, Pagan gatherings attract thousands of people who believe that participating in the rites of their ancestors is an important part of their cultural heritage.

Romuva, Divine Earth, Pagan, Paganism, Prakorimas, Patrimpas, Perkūnas, Pikulas, Menulis, Pergubris, Saule, Pergrube, Laima, Zemyna, Diety, God, Goddess, Prussia, Prussian, Lithuania, Lithuanian, Mother Earth, equinox, solstice, baltic, Balts, mysticism, spiritualism, incantation, runes, enchantment, air, earth, wind, fire