Smaller and bigger truths about the creation of amber

January 15, 2016 /  

Amber in the world of myths and legends. The creation of amber was preceded by numerous myths and legends.

In Greek mythology, the reference to the creation of the bush is found in the history of Faeton, son of Helios - the god of the Sun. One day, Phaeton asked his father for permission to ride a sunny chariot. The father was persuaded by his son. However, Phaeton, who was not trained in driving, led the Earth and the Sun too close together, leading the solar chariot. The earth began to burn and immediately called for the help of Zeus. The boy, as punishment, was struck by lightning by the god Olympus and fell into the river Eridan like a live torch. Heliads - Faeton's sisters, out of regret at the death of their brother, were still sitting on this river, mourning his loss. The gods, pitying them, turned them into poplars, and their tears falling into Eridan turned into amber nuggets. 

One of the Lithuanian legends tells about Jurata - the Baltic Queen, who lived in a beautiful castle at the bottom of the sea. Jurata fell in love with the young fisherman Kastytis without memory. God Perkun, however, did not approve of the relationship of the goddess with an ordinary mortal, for whom she was met with severe punishment - Perkun with a thunderbolt destroyed her amber castle, killed her chosen one, and Jurata was imprisoned in a sea cave. Tears that cry after the loss of a loved one, turn into sunny amber.

In turn, according to the Kashubian legend, amber is a divine gift brought in the claws of a griffin. It has invaluable value for the whole of Kashubia. If the need arises, he will be found to save the inhabitants and their region from scarcity. 

In Kurpie, the creation of amber is associated with the tears of people punished by the Flood, while the useful variety of amber was to be created only from the tears of good people. 

For centuries, some of the myths and legends have inspired many people to look for amber deposits and accumulations. Mythical Eridan was sought everywhere, but to no avail. Today, Eridan was considered a hypothetical river that transported amber from the forests of Fennoskandia to the Eocene sea in the Tertiary. Amber hunters familiar with the Lithuanian legend probably wonder which of the amber crumbs are Jurata's tears ...

Visiting the exhibition Amber Museum

Adults and children with guardians can visit the Museum without prior reservation during the museum's opening hours. 

Admission is free.
It is possible to visit the Museum with a guide. Individuals and organized groups wishing to visit the Museum with a guide are kindly requested to make reservations in advance.

Fees for guided tours:

  • Groups up to 5 people - PLN 30
  • Groups of 5 to 10 people - PLN 50
  • Groups from 10 to 15 people - PLN 70
The maximum number of people in a group is 15. 
The time for visiting the Museum with a guide is about 40 minutes.
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