baltic mythology

Z is for Žaltys

Wow! It’s the last day of the A to Z Challenge. Can you believe April has flown by so quickly? Thank you all for stopping by for my posts. I wish I’d been able to check out more A to Z bloggers this year, but I’ve been in a deadline crunch with my publisher. See you all next year!

Name: Žaltys (means “grass snake”)

Type: household spirit

Origin: Lithuanian mythology

Description: The žaltys is a non-venomous snake, sacred to the sun goddess Saulė. It represents fertility and is a guardian of the home. Some people kept it in special places of their home, believing it could bring good harvest and wealth. If someone killed the žaltys, it brought about great misfortune, but if people found one and gave it milk, they could befriend it and take it in their home.

What “Z” creatures have you heard of?

V is for Vilkacis

Sorry for the delay in getting this up. I’m in a deadline crunch! Better late than never, right?

Name: Vilkacis (means “Wolf-eye.” Also known as Vilkatas and Vilkatis.)

Type: shapeshifter

Origin: Latvian mythology / Baltic mythology

Description: I’ll let Wikipedia sum up today’s creature:

“Vilkacis was a type of monster, similar to a werewolf, that was originally a person. In Latvian and Lithuanian mythology, the vilkacis was a good natured creature, who wanted to participate in the folk songs mentioned animal digging of Daugava river. But he failed in every task and upset Dievs. He is described as a clumsy creature, who can be easily fooled by a child or farmer. Occasionally, a vilkacis brought treasure or was otherwise beneficial.”

What “V” creatures do you know of?