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