Meža māte

by Aldis Pūtelis

"Forest Mother." A minor divinity of nature, one of the māte. She is found in folk songs as the protector of the forest and the creatures which dwell in it, yet she was also venerated by hunters and woodcutters.

Meža māte is one of the "mothers" mentioned by the Lutheran priest Paul Einhorn in his Historia Lettica (1649).



  • Machal, Jan. (1918). Slavic. Vol. 3, Mythology of All Races. Boston: Marshall Jones, p. 260.