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Saturday, March 11th, 2006, 08:52 PM
Romuva is the baltic faith. The word by itself means serenity, peace, harmony, tendrness and beauty. These are our most cherished values. Romuva is a religion of life and harmony.

Historically, the Prussian temple of Romuva was one of the last important European Pagan sanctuaries. Appart from this Romuva, there were countless local sanctuaries, which thrived in the wide Baltic region. It is just the same today - the idea of Romuva remains in the consciousness of the various Baltic cultures.

The name of Romuva again arose about a century ago, inspired by a more enlightened understanding of the old faith. Lithuanians began to call their renewed faith "Romuva," while the Latvians called theirs "Dievturiba" (meaning "The keeping of the god Dievs"). This revival was connected with the national revivals of the Baltic peoples. However, the essence of the Baltic faith is not nationality. This faith is of man and nature. By refering to it as a Baltic faith, we underscore its origins and its continuing tradition.

The Baltic faith of Romuva seeks to strengthen Lithuanian society and culture, to stimulate civic and national consciousness, to help people obtain confidence in themselves and in life. Romuva avoids active missionary activities, instead propagating toleration and respect for other religions. Participation in Romuva is not delimited by national or ethnic criteria. Individual members and groups of Romuva can exist in other countries and continents. They need only hold close and dear the Baltic spiritual traditions.


The Romuva emblem depicts a holy oak with an eternal flame. Such an oak tree is typical of Baltic Lithuanian folk art. The three levels symbolize the three spheres of existence - the world of the dead (the past), the world of the living (the present) and the divine heights (the future) - all three in unity. They thrive in universel darna, which is harmony. The runic inscription shows that Romuva is part of the Baltic region and its cultural traditions.

Centralization, dogma, hierarchical rigidity, political goals, etc. are alien to Romuva as they are to most native, ethnic faiths. Therefore, the symbol of Romuva represents a natural historical and tradition, within the framework of which many initiatives and groups live and work freely and independently.

Source (http://www.romuva.lt/?kalba=engl&page=tikejimas&nr=1)