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Cerklicing

by Aldis Putelis
The Latvian god of fields and corn. Mentioned by a little known Jesuit under the name of Joannis Stribingius in his mission journey to Eastern Latvia in 1606. Describing the territory as having returned to paganism due to the lack of attention from the Christian church during the Livonian War, he lists the deities worshipped by these pagans under the leadership of "Pop" (curiously enough - a name used in Russian to designate an orthodox priest). The list comprises a god of sky/heavens (Latin "qui habet curam coeli"), then those of the earth, fertility and different particular animals. Dewing Cereklicing along with Dewing Uschinge and deo Moschel are the only names mentioned. There are several other spelling forms of the particular name, apparently coming from misreading of the original manuscript, namely Cerekling, Cercklicing, Greklicing, Cerekticing. There is another document mentioning a deity to whom the first bit of all food and first drop of any drink was offered. The name of this deity is given as Ceroklis/Cerroklis. Three centuries later Ernests Brastins will choose a similar name for the title of catechism of a national religion of his own making, namely cerokslis. Interesting, that this deity belongs to the so called house spirits, so it is invoked in the mundane course of life, thus better known than the proper gods like those of the sky and the earth.

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