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    Circum-Baltic Mythology? – The Strange Case of the Theft of the Thunder-Instrument (ATU 1148b)

    The story of the theft of Thor's hammer is shared with Balts, Baltic Finns and Laplanders.

    https://www.academia.edu/3719465/Cir...ent_ATU_1148b_ (page 78)

    The myth of the Theft of the Thunder-Instrument (ATU 1148b) is found almost exclusively in the Circum-Baltic area. It is found among both Indo-European and Finno-Ugric cultures. This implies that it was adapted from one into the other, unless both assimilated it from a common cultural stratum. This paper surveys this mythological narrative tradition that is found in Baltic, Finnic, Germanic and Sámic cultures. It proposes that the tradition’s persistence in a Circum-Baltic isogloss is a consequence of historical contact and interaction between these cultures, and that its evolution has been dependent on that history of contact and exchange.

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    Thor was the principal god before Odin. Thor therefore is the cognate to Zeus and Jupiter. He is probably the head of any Indo-European pantheon. Therefore, it is not surprising that Baltic peoples retain such a god in their mythology. Actually, Lithuanian is one of the most conservative Indo-European language so if they retain a thunder god at the top of their pantheon, well, this would not be surprising.

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    The theft of the thunder instrument is geographically specific though, apart from an outlier among the Greeks connected to Zeus' sinews. I think I remember Poulianos believes the conservative Greek-speaking Sarakatsani have some kind of connection to northeastern Europe which might explain this weird outlier if its true.

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