There are currently two points that just don't leave my mind: Are Balts more closely related to Germanics than oft believed in terms of mythology? And can developments in their mythology allow conjectures about the development of our own?
A while ago I looked into (limited) online resources as well as the limited information on the matter in Grimm's "Teutonic Mythology" and came to the conclusion that based upon mythological points, Balts are closer to Germanics than to Slavics, unlike is oft commonly believed by pan-Slavists who would claim a connection upon "Perkunos/Perkunas = Perun => Balts are a subgroup of Slavs".
Much information of what one stumbles upon proposes the old idea that Balts and Slavs are much more closely related, especially mythologically than Balts and Germanics. Much of what I have read though (which is a basic knowledge but not more) leads me to believe the truth to be to the contrary however. Wishing to expand my knowledge of mythology in much more detail beyond the Germanic sphere and Celtic sphere respectively, I am now left to do some reading.
And there, Baltic mythology is especially interesting: Balts were the last to be Christianised, in the 13th/14th century. As such, perhaps further developments can be discerned and the difference between 7th/8th century practices and 13th/14th century could allow a conjecture of how my own Germanic mythology would have developed.
Sub-issues which might also be of interest then are:
- Difference between Latvian and Lithuanian mythology and the implications thereof
- Links and difference with Estonian and Finnish mythology (by-point of proving my theory of Finnics being as closely related to Balts as Celtics and Germanics are)
- The implications Baltic mythology had upon Prussian culture - how much has remained beyond the Teutonic Order?
Therefore - anyone able to recommend any literature, including detailed and specialised literature, dealing with Baltic mythology, including comparative mythology, which has been translated into German or English which ISN'T written by a Russian?
Folk tales and fairy tales and legends, including local ones also help. Every little bit helps.