Latvian mythology

The mythology of the Latvians of eastern Europe, whose culture is rooted in native folklore. The rich oral traditions of ancient legends, songs, and poetic verses survived the centuries. The national epic of Latvia is Lāčplēsis, "The Bear Slayer," written in 1888 by Andrējs Pumpurs, and is based on traditional folk stories.

Common themes in Latvian myths are the seasons, the land, and the family.


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