dievturi

Dievturi is a modern pagan religious movement in Latvia that seeks to revive and reconstruct the pre-Christian beliefs and traditions of the Latvian people. The name “Dievturi” translates to “keepers of Dievs,” referring to the Latvian supreme deity, Dievs. Dievturi draws inspiration from ancient Latvian folklore, songs, and myths to recreate the spiritual practices of their ancestors. The movement places a strong emphasis on harmony with nature, the cycles of the seasons, and the interconnectedness of all living beings. Dievturi ceremonies and rituals often involve songs, dances, and offerings to honor the gods and seek blessings for the community. Dievturi practitioners also celebrate seasonal festivals, such as Jāņi (Summer Solstice) and Ziemassvētki (Winter Solstice), which have roots in ancient agrarian traditions. As with other revivalist movements, Dievturi emphasizes a sense of cultural identity and seeks to preserve and promote Latvian cultural heritage. The revival of Dievturi represents a unique aspect of contemporary pagan revivalism in the Baltic region, highlighting the enduring importance of ancient beliefs and their role in shaping modern cultural and spiritual practices.