Kūlgrinda

In Lithuanian, kūlgrinda means a secret stone-paved walkway under water across the swamp or lake, regarded in the old times as a sacred path of initiation. There's a comparable air of mystery surrounding the songs, hymns, sutartinės (ancient polyphonic folk songs), prayers and dances performed by this ritual folklore group, accompanied on drums, bagpipes or other instruments. For their public performances the members of Kūlgrinda dress in traditional clothing, reconstructed from the 10th-12th century archaeological finds, wear traditional Baltic brass jewellery and woven sashes ornamented with traditional patterns. In recent years the group has recorded and released albums Rite of Fire (2002), Perkūno Giesmės (2003) and Sotvaras, a joint Christmas project with Donis (2004). Their most recent CD Prussian Chants, released in 2005, attempts to revive the magic sound of long-extinct Prussian language.

Ugnius Liogė

Hymns to Žemyna, the Earth Goddness - Loduta, loduta

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Hymns to Žemyna, the Earth Goddness - Loduta, loduta

Prussian Chants - Prūsa sister, Come Come

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Prussian Chants - Prūsa sister, Come Come

A Poplar Stood by the Roadside

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A Poplar Stood by the Roadside "Rites of Fire", Dangus Records 2002

Joris, Warm Up the Earth

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Joris, Warm Up the Earth "Perkūnas' Chants", Dangus Records 2003

Sotvaras - Vidury lauko

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Sotvaras - Vidury lauko

Biography

In Lithuanian, 'kūlgrinda' means a secret stone-paved walkway under water across the swamp or lake, regarded in the old times as a sacred path of initiation. There’s a comparable air of mystery surrounding the songs, hymns, sutartinės (ancient polyphonic folk songs), prayers and dances performed by this ritual folklore group, accompanied on drums, bagpipes or some other instruments.

 

For their public performances the members of Kūlgrinda group dress in traditional clothing, reconstructed from the 10th-12th century archaeological finds, wear traditional Baltic brass jewellery and woven sashes ornamented with traditional patterns.

 

The founders of the Kūlgrinda ritual folklore group are Inija and Jonas Trinkūnas, leaders of the “Romuva” Baltic Faith Community and active proponents of the international movement for revival of native religions. In recent years the group has recorded and released albums Rite of Fire (2002), Perkūno Giesmės (2003) and Sotvaras, a joint Christmas project with Donis (2004). Their most recent CD Prussian Chants, released in 2005, attempts to revive the magic sounds of long-extinct Prussian language.

 

© Ugnius Liogė

Inija ir Jonas Trinkūnai
tel: +370 5 216 2966
trinkunas@romuva.lt

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