The name of Giriu Dvasios sounds somewhat ethnic and archaic in Lithuanian. But for many years i knew very little about lithuanian ethnic culture. However, recently i’ve been into it a lot. Of course, first of all i started exploring music. Anyone should check out lithuanian polyphonic songs/chants called ‘sutartinės’.
Songs that i enjoyed the most are being sang during pagan rituals. Paganism is the ancient religion of Lithuania and other baltic countries. A surprising thing is that these pagan rituals are still being done here in my country, and this culture and religion is very alive. Lithuanian people used to have a very close relationship with nature in their spiritual practice and every day life. When you listen to these songs, you can feel that there’s a very strong spirituality in them. So now i also want to find out more about the spiritual side of the lithuanian ethnic culture.
But the main purpose of this blog post is to share some of my musical discoveries in this field.
First of all i want to share something by a folk singer Veronika Povilionienė. This is an album of her, where she sang lithuanian songs in a form of Indian raga. This is a very exciting mix for me, because i’ve been studying Indian traditions and philosophy more than lithuanian. And i found out that the ancient language from India known as sanskrit is very close to lithuanian language. It’s a scientificaly proven fact that lithuanian language is the closest to sanskrit in the world. So there’s definitely something in common between India and Lithuania, which we don’t know about and was lost. So here you are, check out this amazing song below:
The next one is enormously beautiful to me. It has this ambience, drone in the background, while the lithuanian folk song is being sang. Very deep stuff.
The next one is quite melancholic and mellodic. And also mixed with the modern music. You will hear some electric guitars and other stuff at the ending. I’m not a huge fan of mixing this ancient music with modern stuff, unless it’s something very subtle. But this one is great :)
Now, my favorite group – Kūlgrinda. This one is interesting. It’s a ritual song/chant. It is similair to Indian kirtan, where the leading person of the ritual sings a line, and then the other participants of the ritual have to repeat the same line. Very similair kind of thing is in this lithuanian song/chant, and it is a common practice in lithuanian paganism. Too bad it’s so short:
One more by my favorite group Kūlgrinda. By the way, Kūlgrinda is not just a music group, they also do the pagan rituals and are promoting this ethnic culture in Lithuania. And they have done a lot of work in bringing this ancient culture back to life. Anyway, this next one is my very favorite song of all. This is one of those ‘sutartinės’ that i mentioned earlier. Just mindblowing, meditative, cosmic sound. Hope you’ll enjoy it:
I didn’t share any songs of a ‘sutartinės’ singing group known as “Trys Keturiose” but i think they totaly deserve a mention.
I could share a lot more stuff, but i just wanted to give an overview of what i’ve been experiencing recently. It seems like my interest in Indian culture brought me back to my roots. And now i’m totally fascinated with an ethnic culture of my homeland called Lithuania. What an amazing place to live in!