Friday, January 30, 2009
A Lithuanian legend tells of Jurata, the queen of the mermaids,who lived in an amber palace. She fell in love with a mortal,the fisherman Kastytis and took him beneath the waves to live with her in her palace. This so angered Perkunas the thunder god, that he hurled a thunderbolt which destroyed her palace and killed her love. Not content with this, he chained her to the ruins of her palace where she continually weeps tears of amber.