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Idols’ Furrow and Springs (Elku birzs un avoti)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Kurzeme
County:
Aizpute
Parish:
Laža
Other references to the location
About 2 km S from Apriķi, on the right side of the rural road from Apriķi-Cīrava, in an underbrushy forest. The site of the Idols’ Furrow is usually localized on the other – left – side of the Apriķi–Cīrava road, the springs, however, are slightly away and have not been wider described up to this.
Coordinates
lat=56.7867833333, lon=21.4918166667
56° 47' 12" N, 21° 29' 30" E
Description

One of the springs belonging to the Idols’ Furrow was localized and explored by the expedition of the Latvian Petroglyph Centre in summer, 2008, however, in the summer of 2011 within the Cult Identity project the explorers found other springs in the nearby forests which were facilitated and popular among people, however, now have been forgotten and have overgrown. Still nowadays the remains of rotten plank ways can be seen in the springs which remind of the facilities present here previously.

Narrative

Small wood and individual clusters with big trees have survived from the former Idols’ Furrow. The biggest of the oaks grows about 300 m SW from Bajāri homestead, its circumference is 2.8 m.

Attraction
Good
Availability
Rather easily accessible. There are no information signs. It can be found on the right side of the Apriķi–Cīrava road in an underbrushy forest approximately 10 m from the road. Further springs can be reached by walking along a path deeper into the furrow.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
There have been no facilitation and maintenance works performed within the territory, no indication signs. Wooden planks have been made for two of the springs to facilitate the taking of water.
Local info
There is no information stand on site
Capacity
0 - 9
Publicity
Known
Legal Status
Private
Comments
Near Elkulejas (Elkalejas) homestead (not far from the site of the Idols’ Furrow) there is a monument to Neredzīgais Indriķis (Blind Indriķis) (1783–1828). He was born in the homestead which used to be here and spent all his life at the place in a family of serfs. In the fifth year of his life he lost his eye-sight as a result of small pox. However, he managed to become a tailor and costumier. Despite being blind he composed songs and wrote sermons. The poet was buried in the nearby Ģiborti cemetary.

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