Dziparu Mate

November 29th, 2008 by sabrina

Dziparu Mate is the Latvian Goddess of yarn. Knitting was very important in the life of young Latvian women. Girls were expected to knit over fifty pairs of mittens before their wedding day, and the number of pairs a girl had made was one factor in finding a husband. On the wedding day, the bride would give out the mittens she had made to her in-laws. Dziparu Mate was called upon by these young knitters to watch over their yarn and make sure that it had no tangles. Also seen as Dziparina Mamulina, her name means “yarn mother”—she is one of the many Latvian mother Goddesses or Mates.

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