Eglė the Queen of Serpents

(In Lithuanian: Eglė, žalčių karalienė)

Eglė the Queen of Serpents is considered to be one of the most archaic Lithuanian fairy tales and being the richest in references of Baltic mythology. Its multi-layered mythological background has been of interest to many researchers of Indo-European mythology; famous historian Gintaras Beresnevičius considered it being a Lithuanian theogonic myth. Interestingly, the tale features not only human–reptile shape-shifting, but an irreversible human–tree shape-shifting as well (Eglė - in eng. Fir). Read more >

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