WHICH RELIGIONS ARE BALTIC IN ORIGIN?
The population of Europe belongs to the Mediterranean races. Those race-groups are the Teutonic, Romanic, and Slavonic. The Teutonic are the Germans, Dutch, Flemish, English, and Scandinavians or 32.1 per cent of the whole population. The Romanic group are the French, Walloons, Italians, Friulians, natives of the Rhaetian Alps, Maltese, Spaniards, Portuguese, and Rumanians, or 27.1 per cent. The Slavonic; groups are: the Russians, Ruthenians, Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Wends, Slovenes, Croats, Serbs, Bulgarians, Letts, and Lithuanians. The Slavic groups make up 31.3 per cent of the European population. (New Advent Encyclopedia)
The archeological term for holy corner is "heilige Hinterecke". It means the dark corner of a peasant''s house in which a deity or patron lives. It is unclear if these places were part of pre-Christian Slavic concepts or not. It is well accepted, that other places in the house proper were to be abodes of spirits. Places like the hearth and the doorstep. In general, the more important work sites each had its own guardian spirit according to accepted explanations of archeological findings.
Practices, cults, and institutions or the existence of Religious persons show no reliable information that the Balts had a priestly class or any religious hierarchy. "Records of conflicts between Christian missionaries and Latvians, said that every house is filled with seers, augurers, and necromancers,' which indicates that the Balts had sacral persons, probably the patriarchs of large extended families or heads of clans", according to11th-century German historian Adam of Bremen,
11th CENTURY KNIGHTS OF TEMPLAR
The exotic history of the Swordbearers - Schwertzbrder - best known as founded by Albert, first Bishop of Riga (1197), to propagate the Faith in the Baltic Provinces and to protect the new Christianity there against the pagan nations still numerous in that part of Europe. This is connected with the Slavic territory of Livonia. A crusade was preached against these pagans. However, the temporary crusaders acted to swiftly and, as in Palestine, it became necessary to withdraw and to supply in their place a permanent order.
This order adopted the statutes, the white mantle and the red cross of the Templars, with a red sword as their distinctive badge. From this came their name of Ensiferi. The order was approved in 1202 by a Bull of Innocent III. Thrown open to all sorts of persons without distinction of birth, this religious- military order was overrun by aimless adventurers whose excesses exasperated the pagans rather than convert them,
These orders lasted a very short time and had only two grand masters, the first of whom, Vinnon, was murdered by one of his fellows in 1209. The second grandmaster was Volquin. He was felled on the field of battle in 1236, with four hundred and eighty knights of the order. The survivors petitioned to be allowed to enter the Teutonic Order, of which the Knights of Livonia thenceforward formed one branch under a provincial master of their own (1238). The plunder acquired through conquest was used to form
a principality under Charles V (1525). Their last master, Gottart Kettler, apostatized and converted it into the hereditary Duchy of Courland under the suzerainty of the kings of Poland (1562).
Inspection of 18th century church records show that the Christian church had difficulty curbing the influence of seers and similar figures. This is especially true in their clans. Religious functions were two pronged. First, they were responsible for the welfare and the performance of appropriate rites both at work sites and during the holy festivals. Next, they assured that the proper procedure would be followed in rituals connected with the important occasions of human life, such as birth, marriage, and death.
When over time, there was an amalgamation of Christianity and the religion of the Balts, these clan people were called sorcerers (Zauberer). Church records are represented as saying that these Zauberers, were treated by the Balts with the same reverence as bishops were treated by Christians.