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Lithuanian Folklore, Traditions, Mythology

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the traditional Lithuanian culture – folklore, mythology, customs, and the main phenomena of material culture.

Having completed the course students will be able to:

  • To identify the main features and sources of traditional Lithuanian culture.
  • To describe the main genres of Lithuanian folklore.
  • To briefly describe the Baltic mythological tradition.
  • To describe the main traditional calendar, work-related and family festivals, and the main national holidays.
  • To identify the realia of ethnic Lithuanian material culture.


  • The main features of traditional Lithuanian culture; how the Lithuanian way of living, folklore, and traditions developed, changed, and continue to change in the 21st c. Scholarly research on ethnic Lithuanian culture and folklore: major names and ideas.
  • Narrative folklore: legends, minor genres of folklore, contemporary Lithuanian folklore, etc.
  • The Baltic mythological tradition: the main features of mythical thinking and mythical worldview; the ancient Baltic pantheon. The relationship between the ancient Baltic religious mythological tradition and Christianity in folk religiosity, modern (re-) constructions of ancient mythological traditions.
  • Ancient calendar and work-related festivals: the understanding of time and the reform of the calendar, Christmas and Shrovetide customs, spring jobs and moveable festivals, St John’s Day, autumn festivals, developments of festival traditions. The main national holidays. Customs and rituals of the cycle of life: baptism, wedding, funeral.
  • Various phenomena of ethnic material culture in the 19th-20th c.: villages and scattered homesteads, monuments and memorials, major trades, food, clothing. Changes of the material aspects of the lifestyle in Lithuania since the second half of the 20th c. until present.

Detailed study programme for learning in a group

Planned beginning of training

  • 2024-02-05 - 2024-06-28


  • 15-16 weeks (I 15.00-16.30)


  • Anglų


  • 120 academic hours (4 ECTS)

Target group

  • Foreign and Lithuanian students

Acknowledgement of acquired competencies

  • Certificate or an academic certificate (if required)

Jurgita Macijauskaitė-Bonda

Lecturer at the Department of Foreign Language, Literary, and Translation Studies at Vytautas Magnus University

Dr Jurgita Macijauskaitė-Bonda is a Lithuanian folklore researcher. Her academic interests include children’s folklore, the image of the child in folklore, folkloric intertexts, and translation. She has published a monograph “Vaikas lietuvių pasakose ir sakmėse” (“The Child in Lithuanian Folk Tales and Legends”, 2015) and is a co-author of the book “Šiuolaikinis moksleivių folkloras” (“Contemporary Schoolchildren’s Folklore”, Anglickienė et al., 2013). She has also participated in different folklore research and digitization projects. Currently Macijauskaitė-Bonda works as a lecturer at the Department of Foreign Language, Literary, and Translation Studies at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

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