Gabija is the spirit of the fire in Lithuanian mythology. She is the protector of home and family. Her name is derived from gaubti (to cover, to protect). Gabija could take the form of a cat, stork or rooster, or she could appear as a woman clothed in red. People would feed Gabija by offering bread and salt. Women would cover charcoal with ashes every evening so that fire would not wander around. Just as Gabija was the protector of the house, mother of the household was the protector of…
Yuki-Onne (Japanese.) A Goddess of death who chills into numbness those who will die, making their death peaceful. She cuts the cord at life’s end.
Examples of eggs decorated using the scratch-carve method from A. Tamosaitis, Lithuanian Easter Eggs, Lithuanian Folk Art Institute, Toronto, Canada, 1982.
Jizo statue at Sanzen-in temple, Kyoto, Japan 三千院
Gabija- Lithuanian Goddess of the hearth, light, families and knowledge