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When Latvians Sin
28 October 2013 @ 23:12

When Latvians Sin


Yes I have sinned but sin no more; I’ll not confess to priest,

I am a Lett, the sin is mine and I shall not be fleeced,

By church or man, no celebrant,

Shall note my thoughtless ways;

It’s mine to bear, my sin to share,

With God who careful weighs.

My wrong on count of 1 to 10,

I cross my fingers, wonder when,

That He’ll pronounce what I must do,

As penance then what I eschew.


But, I forget, I’m proud a Lett, so pebble picked from shore,

On pebble I will write the sin that I shall take blame for.

Letts do things different, nonsense free,

I’ll have no truck with priest or Thee,

I write my fault upon the stone,

And to the sea my sin be thrown.

The Baltic Sea or river fair,

Will clean the sin without a prayer.

Now I am free of wrong and curse,

God bless the Letts, I could be worse.


Michael (Walsh) 28.10.13.


Writing sins on rocks, then tossing the rocks into a body of water, will allow a person to atone for their sins. This ritual is sometimes performed before weddings. The practice of transposing a sin onto an object to be discarded is similar to Eastern European folk remedies, which sometimes require transferring an illness onto an object and destroying it or throwing it away - thus destroying the illness.

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