Laumės (2019)

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In Lithuanian mythology, the Laumės are a group of beings created by the god of thunder, Perkūnas, from birch trees which fall in the forest. They are tasked with constantly weaving the sky and earth together as they drift apart, as well as regulating all the cycles of nature: the seasons, tides, constellations, moon cycles, and so forth. Unfortunately, because they are wooden, the Laumés cannot feel any kind of emotion and perform their jobs ruthlessly, sometimes causing strife among humanity by weaving a child into the fabric of the forest, killing it, or stealing precious stones to light the night sky with more stars.  They are simultaneously essential to humanity’s existence and destructive.