Written documents in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania oral culture
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Written documents in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania oral
culture
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Rimvydas Petrauskas | ldkistorija.lt 2017 september 5 d. 10:45

Pre-Christian Lithuania was a land of oral culture. Peter of
Dusburg, the chronicler of the German Order, retold an
ironic joke in the early 14th century about the pagans
gazing at written characters for the first time:
“[Prussians] did not use writing /.../ They were
completely amazed to find out that a human was able to
convey his wishes to another person, who was not here,
through writing.” If we leave the theories about
“Lithuanian runes” aside as legends, we can safely
assume that Lithuanians did not use writing for
communication between themselves until the late 14th
century.

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