You are here:
  1. » Home
  2. » Areas
  3. » Mythology
  4. » Europe
  5. » Latvian mythology
  6. » Meness
Cite/print/rate article
Send comment    References

Meness

by Aldis Putelis
The Moon. In a number of texts - protector of travelers and soldiers, probably as the source of light at night. In Latvian tradition - masculine, opposed to many other Indo-European mythologies, although there are linguistic data (G. F. Stender. Neue vollstaendige Lettische Grammatik. - Braunschweig 1761; J. Lange. Vollstaendiger lettisch-deutsches Lexicon. - 1773.) supposedly proving the feminine aspect of Meness. Meness ("moon") is one of the suitors of the sun goddess Saule or her daughters, Saules meitas. He appears in several mythological motifs: he counts the stars, and finds out that Auseklis is missing; he is in hostile relations with the Sun because he stole Auseklis' bride. He also appears as a counterpart of Saule, the one who shines at night. Although Meness is generally masculine in modern language, still in a number of variants a feminine form appears.

Article details:

  • Also known as:
    Mèness
    Mehness

Page tools: