March 25th, 2009 by sabrina

ausrineAušrinė (pronounced ow-SHRI-nay) is the Lithuanian Goddess of the morning star. She is the daughter of Saule, Goddess of the sun, and Meness, God of the moon. It is Aušrinė who Meness raped, causing Saule to slash his face and banish him from her presence. Aušrinė was depicted as being very beautiful, wearing a crown decorated with a sun and a cloak made of stars. Each morning, Aušrinė lights the way for her mother Saule to begin her journey across the sky. Aušrinė is known in Latvia as Auseklis, although some sources say that Auseklis was a God rather than a Goddess.

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