Course code Folk2001
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours
2 3 32 20 12
E-courses Folk2001: Baltic Mythology
Course annotation The course aims at reconstructing the mythic concepts of three Baltic nations - Latvians, Lithuanians and Prussians - in the context of Indo-European mythology. Within the course framework mythic time and space perception is analyzed, and the specifics of mythic thinking is examined. The relations between myth and religion, myth and dream, myth and fairy tale/legend are discussed. In the context of Baltic mythology the sanctuaries and sacred places of the Balts are explored. Cosmogonic, anthropogenic and initiation myths are analyzed separately. The celestial (heavenly) and chthonic (earthy) deities and spirits of the Balts are studied.
Results Students acquire knowledge of the most important concepts in Baltic mythology, and get acquainted with the most significant publications on the subject. Students are able to characterize Baltic mythology as a system, as well as identify its separate elements.
Course plan 1.Myth in the archaic and contemporary world. Mythic time and space. Dream and myth. Man and deity in myths. L2, S2
2.Religion and myth. Neo-pagan myths of the Balts. L2, S2
3.Cosmogonic, anthropogenic concepts in Baltic mythology. Initiation myths. L2, S2
4.The matricentric and patricentric in Baltic mythology. The cult of mothers in Latvian mythology. L2
5.Celestial (heavenly) deities in Latvian mythology: God, Sons of God, Sun, Daughters of the Sun, Morning Star (Auseklis), Moon, Thunder, Ūsiņš, Jānis.L4
6.Chthonic (earthy) deities and spirits in Latvian mythology: Māra, Laima, Dēkla, Kārta, Devil.L2, S2
7.Deities and spirits in Lithuanian mythology. L2
8.Deities and spirits in Prussian mythology. Relics of Couronian mythologyL2, S2
9.Mythic nature of objects. Neo-mythology.L2, S2
Requirements for obtaining credit points Active participation at the seminars (30%), a report on a topic reflecting the author’s interests and understanding of Baltic mythology as well as the skill to use theoretical sources, 9 – 10 pages (20%), an oral examination (50%).
Study programmes Baltic Philology