There is a legend – Riga will never be ready.And if one day it is ready then it will sink with allits citizens. There are several versions of this legend, and noone can tell which is the right one. 2
Every year a voice from out of the Daugava river asksif Riga is ready. And the answer is always no. If oneday Riga is ready, the citizens will be swallowed by theDaugava river. 3
Around every five years one magpie landed on the roof of the palace and asked: -“Is Riga ready?” And Catherine always answered: -“No it isn’t.” If she had answered that Riga is ready, then it would have sank down. 4*Note: Catherine is goddess of victory
Once upon a time, a man in the black coat got out ofthe Daugava river. He stroke the ground three times withhis walking stick and asked if Riga was ready. But itwasn’t, so the man went back. He is believed to beappearing every hundred years, but if someday Riga isready, the man in the black coat will drown it. 5
Once upon a time, half-man, half-fish peepedout of the Daugava river and asked if Riga wasready. The townspeople answered that it wasn’t.But if they had said that the town of Riga wasready, the man would have drowned Riga withhis tail. 6
Once upon a time, a group of builders werebuilding a house in Riga. When the house was ready,a woman in white came up and asked:” Is Rigaready?”. Builders had said that Riga wasn’t ready andthe white woman disappeard, saying:”I have slept forone hundred years and will have to sleep for onehundred years more”. If builders had answered thatRiga was ready, then the woman in white would havedrowned it. 7
There was a spirit of God living in the sea near the Riga town, which was the governor of Riga. Once a year spirit came out of the sea and asked:”Is Riga ready?”. And every time he asked, the answer was no, that Riga isn’t ready. But if it hadbeen ready, the spirit would have immediately drowned it. 8
The Dome Cathedral asked St. Martin’sChurch:”Is Riga ready?”. St. Martin’s churchanswered that it was not ready yet. If St.Martin’s church had answered that Rigawas ready, it would have immediately sank. 9
Riga will never be ready! Riga is growing day by day and all the time something new is being created in the city.I It will never stop and even if it will, Riga will sink despite the threat of the evil spirits. 10
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