I want to bind my time to the stars,
My sun to rip like a sheet over all
To cast rainbows behind as I pass,
Namejs Ring / Nameja Gredzens
for refugees past, present, and future.
King Namejs was (probably) an actual historical figure who ruled Zemgale (a region of Latvia) in the 13th century, and fought against the Teutonic Knights.
The (many variations) of the story of Namejs’ ring seem to originate with a jeweller, Janis Betins, in the early 1900s, around the time that Latvia was gaining independence from the Russian Empire.
The version of the story I’ve retold here became especially important for Latvian refugees who ended up all over the world after World War Two.
And, here’s a film of someone making one:
ideas for a super cool personal project that will be a long time in the making.