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Latvian Agricultural God

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I’ve spent a lot of time trying to track down information on the next divinity (#27) from the atheists’ graveyard list.  Everything I found is the same small bit of information repeated ad nauseum.  It really makes me wonder how they chose the names for their graveyard.

Latvian culture is one of the oldest surviving Indo-European cultures.  Unlike Greek and Roman cultures, for example, which have many surviving works, very little of their mythology was written down or survived.  Most works on Latvian mythology come from the 19th century, as I understand it.  Christianity moved in during the 12th and 13th centuries followed by Russian orthodox in the 18th century.  So much of their ancient beliefs have either been lost or written down by Christian priests and scholars who are well known for their lack of accuracy.  I should also mention that there are tidbits of information written down by Romans during the beginning of this era but they also tend to be lacking in accuracy.

The divinity is Cerklicing (alternate spellings:  Cerekling, Cercklicing, Greklicing, Cerekticing, Cerklicing, Cerroklis), a Latvian fertility god associated with agriculture and farmers.  The only information I can find on him was written down by a Jesuit during the 1600s.  He says that the first bite of food and the first drop of any drink were offered to Cerklicing.

Something that caught my attention was that in some of the alternate spellings reminded me a lot of Ceres, the Roman goddess of Agriculture.  While it is possible that the share the same IE root, I stumbled across a paper that pretty much stated Cerklicing was a divinity made up by the Jesuit due to misinterpretations and linguistic issues.  I doubt the divinity was made up by him.  He may have made up or misinterpreted the name but I’d be shocked if there wasn’t a Latvian divinity of agriculture.  It is very likely another scholar refusing to accept the idea of more than one divinity because it doesn’t fit with their own cultural lens.

So there you have it.  The pitiful bit of information I was able to find on Cerklicing.  If you have any other information, I’d love to see it.  Please share! 

 

May this deity of the Latvian culture be honored and remembered, under which ever name he cares to be called.

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I'm an eclectic polytheist whose main divinities are Heru-ur, Bast, Sobek, Yinepu Isis, Zeus-Serapis, and Yemaya. I'm a mother, wife and Librarian living in the Rocky Mountains stumbling on my path and wondering what the heck I'm doing. Blessed be.

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