ljubljansko barje

Pile dwellers

Equrna, the winged goddess of the pile dwelling tradesmen, speaks of cultural influence of the pile dwelling culture in the wider European territory. Is it possible that Mercury, the later Roman god of commerce, acquired his wings on the pattern of Equrna?

Pile dwellers were tillers, stockbreeders and hunters, living in settlements built on wooden piles rammed into the lake floor. They believed in Mother Earth, worshipped the Sun and made gorgeous pottery applicable for everyday and spiritual use. At times they also traded with peoples from the Near East to the European north. Along this ancient trade route from the Black Sea, along the Danube, Sava and Ljubljanica rivers, and then with the ship on the shoulders down to the Adriatic Sea, the old Greek hero Jason was supposed to sail with the Argonauts in search of the Golden Fleece. In passing, he created the most beautiful legend about the origin of Ljubljana, which could not have been tackled till this very day even by the most scientifically substantiated argumentations.