Lithuanian ethological legends speaking about creation of the man occasionally state Dievas made a man from the dirt or clay and then inspired spirit in to the form. This motive does not differ in any detail from the Biblical story. It is quite truthworthy that even before Christianity Lithuanians had a version of the first “Molding” of a man, because it exits in many other isolated nations; the “dirt” version of the human being is also seen in the parallel be
etween the words “Žmogus” (a human being) and “žemė” (earth), cf. Latin Homo-humus, Hebrew Adam-Adama. Possibly the idea of a human being stemming from earth irrespective of the Biblical influence exists in many agricultural nations. However, though Lithuanian version of molding must have existed some time ago, it became obliterated by the Biblical version in the legends, therefor it is impossible to discriminate it and to prove that it really existed.
However for Lithuanian tradition undoubtedly belongs human appearance from th he Gods_ saliva version: the God has walking along the water and spat and on his way back saw some creature, which as it turned out appeared from his saliva. In one legend this is the way how two people ap
In Lithuanian tales this creativity is completely accidental. Dievas did not intend to create human being, he just spits, without any in ntention and in seeing a being appear is surprised himself and in some tales he addresses the new creature: “Who are you?”, and, of course the answer is that it does not know. Dievas had to wreck his head for a long while before he remembers that before some time he spat here. This legend is a reflection of a very ancient ideology, Dievas is not interested in the human being and does not intend to create it.
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Lithuanian tale about the paradise lost would remind to many isolated nations the known myths about the fact that the first people as the snakes could have changed their cover. IN their old age they could have sh
“Paradise nails” still had theological meaning and continuation. Lithuanian legends and tales speak about human death when in the next thing awaiting would be climbing into the high slippery mountain of ice and glass and at whose top there resides divinity. In this climb we need nails, one_s own a or the animals_ (bear_s, lynx_s). Lithuanian superstition state that this climb has to be prepared in advance, do not throw away cut nails but burn them (in this way it would become easier to redeem them in the other world). Older people awaiting death would not cut nails at all, sometimes keep their nails in special bags. All these ides and customs are rather strange but their meaning is deeper than the literal meaning of the superstition. The man after his death returns back to the paradise or else in the world of Dievas through the application of the fragments of the paradise lost.
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