Friday Fable. A Latvian Daina, “Fields Full of Landlords”*

Posted by jlubans on February 01, 2013

Since I am in Riga as a Visiting Professor at the University of Latvia, I thought this song might be a good stand-in for Mr. Aesop.
This daina is one of a few hundred thousand, sung by Latvians at harvests, banquets, the summer solstice (Jani), and in any family gathering, including my own. The Latvian daina defines the country, its people and its boundaries.

I like this one for its humor and what it has to say about the person in the middle, caught between a “rock and a hard place.” For Latvia and the other Baltic countries there have always been other nations evangelizing (and invading) us about a better way (theirs!). Spare us, please.

“Oh God, where to take refuge,
The woods are full of wolves
/and/ bears,
The woods are full of wolves
/and/ bears,
The fields are full of land-
lords!”

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Caption: The Illustrious K. Barons

*Source: Krišjānis Barons (1835 -1923), compiler Latvju Dainas/Latvian Folksongs (“Favorites” in English, Russian, German & Latvian.) Riga, Latvia: Writers Union of Soviet Latvia. 1984.

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