The coat of arms of Kashubia and Kashubs is a black griffin (half-eagle, half-lion) on a golden shield. In the Middle Ages, the griffin (red one, on a silver shield) was the coat of arms of the princely Griffin dynasty, ruling from the 12th to the 17th century in Western Pomerania. At the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries, one of the representatives of the Griffin dynasty – Eric of Pomerania, was the king of Denmark, Sweden and Norway.The main plot of the game is related to the figure of a griffin who, according to one of Kashubian legends, hid a huge lump of amber in an unknown place in Kashubia. In times of great poverty, this treasure will be found, and the power of amber will restore peace and happiness.
The name Kaszuby (Kashubia or Kashubs), and Kaszëbë in Kashubian, most likely comes from the word ‘kaszuby’, that is, wetlands and marshes. It can also be derived from the type of garments that Pomeranians wore, the huts they lived in, the groats they eagerly ate, and even the Persian or Arabic word ‘kasub’ meaning a man, or a merchant who gets rich.So far, the meaning of the name Kaszuby (Kashubia or Kashubs) has not been explained.
Kashubian is a West Slavic language. Many archaic features from the Proto-Slavic language have been preserved in it. One can also find words from the Baltic and Germanic languages in it. About 7% of its vocabulary is Germanisms. In the Middle Ages, the dialects of the Kashubian (Pomeranian) language were used throughout Pomerania, from Gdańsk to Szczecin.Currently, Kashubian is spoken by approximately 150,000 people
In the past, in Kashubia, the belief in house elves called krôsniãta was widespread. They wore red color, men of this race had long white beards, lived inside the houses under the floors, in gardens under lilac bushes or in stables. They would help people who were kind to them, and they cause harm to bad people on the farm. Krôsniãta had the magical power to turn pine-cones into gold.
Before the Slavs began to settle in Pomerania in the 6th century AD, these areas were inhabited by Germanic Goths and Gepids. They left behind many mementoes, for example numerous burial mounds and stone circles, which can be seen, among others, in Odry and Węsiory.
Even at the beginning of the 20th century, in Kashubia, there were cases where the corpses of the deceased were dug up and their heads cut off with a special peat shovel.People believed that these were the so-called wieszczi or òpi, who – after death – rose from the grave to kill members of their family. A man who could become a wieszczi after his death was recognizable at birth – when he was born with a caul on his head, it was a bad sign. The caul had to be burnt, the dust was mixed with water and after a few days the mixture was to be drunk by the new-born.After death, the man was closely watched in the coffin – when he turned red in the face, a piece of a fishing net – among other things – had to be put in his casket, so that he could keep himself busy untangling the knots, or a page from a prayer book with a litany on it, but without the word ‘amen’, so that his prayer would never end. Òpi, on the other hand, was born with two teeth that had to be knocked out immediately.If òpi came out of the tomb and rang the bell in the church, everyone who heard the sound – died. When no security measures helped, the body of wieszczi or òpi had to be dug up, and the head – cut off...
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