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10 The Devaluation of Latvos
The reduction of the Children of Johns to pa-Yanhood (now generally called “paganhood”) is evidence of what a violent, aggressive, and persecuting ego does. Such an ego belonged to forces of the West, which is not to say that it belonged to the Order of Teutonic Knights only.

The persecution began long before the Teutonic Knights came on the scene in Livonia. It was part of the movement of the princes of the world to shatter the hegemony of the old kingdom under the sacred king and capture a piece of its land for themselves. In the English speaking world, the famous moment of power transfer is the Magna Carta (1215). Joan of Arc (1431) saved the French king from his feudal aristocracy, which remained under his control, more or less. However, the feudal aristocracy fell with King Louis XVI’s head (1793) in the French Revolution. More about this paradigm shift in a future blog.

We may effectively translate the persecutions initiated by the West by perceiving them as the pursuit of positivism. The persecution advanced (openly, but pretending invisibility) on the king’s castle stealthily—as the story of the moving forest in Shakespeare maintains. The killed (cut down) forest hid Neo-Christian missionaries, who were sneaking up to the king and his people with the “good news”.

[The people of Livonia received the good news several times over. The first time probably was the attack of the Teutonic Knights under the flag of Neo-Christianity on Jersika in 1209. There are several contour maps of such forced conversions available. One is sketched right here by these blogs of course. There is also the so-called “Bloodlands” (click on ‘audio' version.

In 1209, Bishop Albert of Riga, attacked Jersika (Vis=All; valdis=ruler). The bishop defeated Visvaldis, brought him to Riga, humiliated him before the public, took away most of his land, and sacked him beyond recovery when he tried to rise a few years later.

The attack on Visvaldis coincides with the crusade of the Pope Innocent III against the Albigensians in southern France in the same year, 1209. While it is unlikely that seven hundred years later we will discover a label with “proof” written on it, it is equally unlikely that the date of attack was an accident.

1209 was a fateful for the Latuous or Latvos. The land Jersika was heir to was seized by a neo-Christian crusading order, the Teutonic Knights, and added to territory called Livonia. This land has remained out of reach of its natives to this day if one includes among the natives the common people. The Commons or Populists were and are kept in the dark. One but has to note that the founding event of modern Latvia (1918) had only one photograph of it made public, and the future president was not in attendance at the founding event. Like the “Lihgo” flag, the avoidance of mention of these details obscures the fact that the Constitution of Latvia (Satversme) was never designed to facilitate greater hegemony.

In any event, 1209 was a time when Livonia was covered by forests (today Latvia has no original primal forest left), and the Jersikans had no problem disappearing among the trees. Pursuit was difficult if nigh impossible, because in those days there were no roads or bridges, only waterways.

Before the attack from Riga, king Visvaldis had been in a strategically advantageous position. His kingdom of Jersika straddled the River Daugava, and he taxed all the boats and ships passing through. Indeed, if the reader takes a closer look at the map, he-she will note that access to Riga and the bay to the people of Jersika is cut off as if it has been taken from it. In other words, Riga most likely was not founded on unoccupied land or over a fishermen’s village, but was taken from a people, many of whom lived far inland. Indeed, because of the higher water level in those days, Riga was located further inland, closer to what the map shows to have been the likely territory of Jersika.

We may guess that the inhabitants of Riga (or Līga) before its occupation were—as most heads or deltas of navigable rivers tend to be—cosmopolitan, mixed blood, livs, ests, semigalians, latgalians, slavs, and so on. They do not appear to have left much evidence of their times. However, if they were living in wood shacks (at that time the forest engulfed, indeed was identified with the land), they probably lived along the banks of the Daugava River.

The theses of what happened to the inhabitants of Jersika or the Jersiks leaves us entertain the idea that the descendants remained in the same geographical area. The Livs were effectively wiped out only by the Great Northern War (1700-1721). Very likely some Livs were among the Herrnhuters who wrote Ludwig those nice letters about identifying so much and sincerely with the blood of Jesus.

The landscape of Livonia began to change dramatically only after the 16th century. The Latvians today like to call themselves a peasant (zemkopju) nation. Nevertheless, the time the Latvos could legitimately call themselves “single farm” (viensēta) dwellers did not arrive until about the 16th century or later. It was about this time that the barons (they owned about 70% of forests in Livonia) cut down most of the trees about their manors and sold them to Swedish and other builders.

In due course, the Latvos were forced to become farmers and abandon their forest traditions  forest traditions. As a people deprived of a say over the fate of their forests, the Latvos became exposed and vulnerable to attacks by military drill formations, which on open field had the advantage. There was no longer sufficient forest left behind which a Latvos could hide and be on roughly equal terms with the enemy.

Had similar deforestation occurred in fledgling America, Paul Revere's famous ride would have ended in a New England ditch rather than New England farmers beginning a successful Revolution against the British and their redcoats. Interestingly, Paul Revere was the son of a French Hugenot. The name Herrnhuter and their activities in Livonia may not have been unfamiliar to him.

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