August 26th, 2008 by sabrina
Velu Mate (pronounced VEL-oo MAH-teh) is the Latvian Goddess of death. She rules over the land known as Vinsaule, which translates as “the world behind.” Dressed in a white woolen cape, she receives the souls of the dead, which are known as veli. Velu Mate’s name means Mother of the veli—she is one of many Latvian mother Goddesses or Mates.
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