In Latvian mythology
("god") was the supreme god. The same word refers to the Christian deity in modern Latvian
. In ancient Latvia
, Dievs was not the just the father of the gods, he was the essence of them -- every other deity was a different aspect or manifestation of Dievs; this is most true with Mara
. The name Dievs was also understood as Sky.
Dievs was a god of the sky and fertility. Though he courted Saule, no actual wife is known. His sons are known as Dieva deli.
In art, Dievs is an ancient man with a long white beard.
Alternative: Dievas (Lithuania), Deivas (Prussia)