these pages the Sydney Latvian Society
is referred to by its Latvian acronym SLB,
which appears on the Society's logo. The letter B stands for
"Biedrība", which means "Society" in Latvian.
||The Sydney Latvian
Society office is located at the Sydney
32 Parnell St, Strathfield NSW 2135, Australia
Phone: (02) 9744 8500
to recognize a Latvian
More than likely, you have sometime, somewhere in the world,
seen a person wearing a heavy silver or gold ring of an interlaced,
distinctive design. If so, you have seen a Latvian, or someone
close to one, because many Latvians, especially outside of
Latvia, wear the Namejs ring,
as a kind of recognition symbol, a symbol of being Latvian.
The design of the Namejs’ ring is of ancient origins and there
are several stories as to its origin and meaning. Here is
one of them.
According to legend, Namejs was the leader of the Semigallian
tribes in Latvia during the invasion of German crusaders at
the beginning of the 13th century. He was one of the last
warriors fighting against foreign invasion at that time. During
the battles, Namejs was forced to retreat to Lithuania together
with his family and tribe. There Namejs ordered those rings
to be made and gave them to his closest people as a symbol
of friendship and trust. The four close braids of the ring
express the solidarity of the Latvian nation.
Since that time this has been the most popular Latvian ring.
This ring helps Latvians all over the world to recognize each
other. So if you see somebody wearing a Namejs ring, they
are probably Latvian!
The ring can be in gold or silver. It can be ordered via
the Gift shop at Latvian House.