"Lake Hertha is located on the Jasmund peninsula, in the northeast of the island of Rügen, about 170 meters long, 140 meters wide and up to 11 meters deep, which can be reached on foot from the Hagen car park or from the direction of Königsstuhl You directly through the beautiful Jasmund National Park.
On the northeastern shore of the lake is the Herthaburg, an up to 17 meter high rampart from the period of Slavic settlement from the 8th to 12th centuries.
Around the Herthasee entwines following legend:
On Rügen lived according to the beliefs of the ancient Germanic goddess Hertha. A sacred beech forest called Stubbenitz surrounded a deep lake. In the woods, covered with the garments of the goddess, stood their carriages, with which she passed through the earth four times a year in the company of a single priest. Holy cows pulled the vehicle of the goddess of the earth, and where it came was joy and abundance, happiness and contentment. If she stayed in one place, after some time she asked the priest to escort her home. He always did what the goddess demanded of him. Back in the lake, her carriage, garment, and her effigy were cleansed, but all the slaves who served her were sacrificed by her in the lake so that no one ever betrayed them.
As Christianity moved into Rügen, the goddess has never been seen. The lake is still dark and closed today. If his waves could tell, they would surely say where the car and the robes, and perhaps their portrait, are hidden. "Source: ruegen.im-web.de
February 5, 2017
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