Lithuanians tell of Giltine, the death goddess Long nose, even longer tongue dripping deadly venom Clad in a white sheet Found in cemeteries seeking coffins’ contents her poison’s source She bites, strangles, suffocates a million ways to die Giltine knows no obstacles fences mean nothing doors open themselves She’s an unseen shadow but you will hear her whip cracking thrice in the air or the clatter of her bone rattle Feel a sudden shiver She’s looked you in the face and moved on…this time Though a Patroness of healers do not interfere with her will tricking her is possible but all measures are temporary She will come for you There is no escaping fate Look where she stands to know thy future foot of the bed, recovery head of the bed say your prayers your life is done.
Europe's last pagan monarch was Gediminas (ca. 1275-1341), Grand Duke of Lithuania. He championed the Old Worship throughout his life, and although he tolerated various forms of Christianity—he even formed a political alliance with the pope against the Teutonic Knights—it was his policy to punish proselytizing with death; he was cremated according to traditional rites (including, allegedly, human sacrifice) in 1342.
Although his heirs eventually decided to throw in their lot with the Roman church, the Gediminid dynasty ruled Lithuania for more than 200 years. History remembers Gediminas as a tolerant and enlightened ruler.
Lithuanian folklore remembers its last pagan prince with fondness. He is credited with the founding of Vilnius, Lithuania's capital city. On a hunting trip he is said to have dreamed of an iron wolf, standing on a hill at the confluence of the Vilnia and Neris, whose howls filled the world. The high priest of Lithuania interpreted this dream to mean that a city built on that hill would be known throughout the world.