Ring of Latvia

Nameja gredzens

So there I was...

...walking in the French Quarter of New Orleans wearing a Latvian tee-shirt when out of nowhere a young lady ran up to me and shouted "Show me the ring! Show me the ring!"

Perhaps you've seen it on a friend's hand. Perhaps you have one on your own hand. Perhaps you've been asked or you're wondering: what does it mean and does it represent anything? In case you haven't guessed yet, I'm talking about the very distinctive ring, which most all Latvians wear... the Nameja gredzens.

This article appeared in a college newsletter many years ago in response to the many questions I received regarding my own Namejs.

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Roze of Turaida

Tautas meita
Tautas meita
The Legend

The legend says that there was a beautiful maiden in Turaida castle named Maija who loved the Gardener from not-too-distant Sigulda castle. Every eligible bachelor, including a Wicked Foreign Soldier, sought for Maija's hand – but she loved only the Gardener from Sigulda.

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