Among pre-Christian Lithuanians, Aspelenie was honored as goddess of home
and hearth. She took the form of a friendly serpent.
In Lithuanian mythology, goddess of the darkness and one of the three
goddesses that ruled the passing hours, along with Austrine (dawn) and
Goddess of the bakery.
Goddess of the hearth fire. To honor her, one throws salt on the fire.
Goddess of death.
Because all life came from her, this Lithuanian earth goddess was honored
at the birth of every child, when the soil was tenderly kissed both morning
and evening; food offerings were laid in front of piled stones, tied to
tree boughs, or cast into flowing water to thank Zemyna for the new life.
Her special area of concern was all plant life. Plant and human life were
believed to flow together, with souls taking up residence after death
in trees. Women lived on in lindens and spruce; men, in oaks, maples and
birches. Virginal young girls survived as lilies; village ancestors resided
in fruit trees.
Goddess of the hunt and of animals.