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Saules meitas

by Aldis Putelis
Saules meitas or meita are the daughters of the sun, Saule. Sometimes it is argued that the notion is used to speak about the sun itself (Biezais opinion of it being just Genitivus apellativus meaning "the Virgin/Maiden Sun"). Most of the appearances are in some connection with Dieva deli, their lovers, or some other suitor(s), with the heavenly wedding being the main myth for them to appear in. This myth, from the perspective of some scholars, could be the Latvian myth showing the course of time in general and the year in particular. Some astronomers tend to explain the names of the deities as meant to denote constellations.

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