There's a strange thing about Latvian devils - it's really hard to dig through to the real ancient Latvian devil - it's all coated in Christianity.
Devils in our mythology aren't necessarily evil, they tend to be mischievous, but are not that smart, ancient Latvians used every opportunity to fool them.
This guy is a bit different though. Swamp devils are not really that active, they are not interested in all that crap, they just sit in mud and occasionally eat a rabbit or a fawn and scare a random mushroom picker. Can't be described as agressive, but is not friendly either. They also don't talk much, anyway who would they be talking to in a swamp?
He spends most of his time under water/mud so that only the top of his back and head are showing, but as you see - he's well disguised, so people don't see him very often.
I don't know if a stork is very suitable for a swamp? But swamps are full of frogs and storks love frogs
I am Pole, doing my erasmus in Riga. I am writing a fantasy book, the story is taking place in medieval Latvia. Your gallery definitely will help in adding some interesting subplots!
Maybe you can recommend me some resources about Latvian mythology? The internet knows more about Lithuanian or Prussian, there is not so much about Latvian :<
all the sources I have used are in Latvian I'm afraid. That ir probably a problem
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Lol our swamp devils are just really, really chill in compare to others. Can't say I'd dislike that attitude, finally a creature in mythology around here who looks scary but isn't really evil because of that.
Well, I'e never really been in a swamp, so I don't know about storks, but I guess they might wander in from time to time to get a delicious little frog or two.
It’s not just that our devils aren't truly evil, even the heavy influence of Christianity hasn’t changed that. It’s or deities too. I haven’t noticed that anywhere else people would turn to their deities in a diminutive form, more like turning to relatives (parents, grandparents, godparents).
Yes, our deities are quitedown-to-earth, I would say. Dieviņš walks around among people, Laima, too, Jumis likes to hide in the middle of the wheat or rye field... Even Veļu Māte can come around for a feast in autumn.