Baltic Folk

The Baltic peoples, having been converted to christianity much later than the rest of Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries during the Northern Crusades (in some parts not until the 14th and 15th centuries and even later), and despite (or perhaps due to) also having been heavily subjugated by communist Russia for many years, have a very rich cultural heritage still within reach in addition to still existing, strong national bonds. Below are some videos that I find very moving, inspiring, rich with substance, and are simply enjoyable to watch. These related albeit unique peoples possess a certain quality and a racially-connected character-essence emanates from these clips which has touched my soul. My hope is that they will do the same for you.

Lithuanian folk songs

“In the Baltic lands the end of Winter is marked by a carnival when people dress up as chtonic creatures or animals and sing loud merry songs which were believed to scare the Winter away. Children wearing those masks would visit their neighbors and sing humorous folk songs, asking for pancakes in return. The songs and a generous helping of fat food during this celebration was believed to ensure a good harvest that year”:

“Authentic recording of a Lithuanian cattle-herding song from Dzūkija (South-East Lithuania)”:

“Traditional Lithuanian polyphonic folk song from Aukštaitija (North-East Lithuania) imitating a dialog with the crane bird”:

“A polyphonic Midsummer folk song from North-East Lithuania (Aukštaitija) that is traditionally sung around the summer solstice”:

Latvian folk song and dance celebrations

The makers of this video “tried to capture the essence of the Latvian Nationwide Song and Dance Celebration by giving insight in what the tradition is, what it stands for and where it stems from”:

“10th Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Festival 2010”:

See also: Pagan Mid-Summer Celebration in Riga | Thulean Perspective

Estonian folk music and song celebration

“Estonian folk song performed by folklore group Pillipiigad”:

More from Pillipiigad:

“Every 5 years almost 100 000 Estonians gather to sing in a giant choir. Find out about the tradition and how you can be part of the magic”:

Old Prussian Pagan folk song

“Authentic Pagan Folk Song in Old Prussian Language”:

English translation of lyrics:
Moon has married Sun
In the very first Spring
Sun had gotten up early
Moon had separated
Moon had been walking around alone
He made love to the Morning Star
Thunder got greatly enraged
And cut him in half:
– Why have you separated from Sun?
Why have you made love to the Morning Star
And have you been walking around all night alone?

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