Velna Skroderis can be roughly translated as The Devil’s Tailor, though the name Velns comes from the pagan mythology, where he was the God of Underworld and Dead as well as the patron of domestic animals. The name Velns itself comes from same roots as name Velis, which means Dead Soul.
Unfortunately, with passing centuries the local church authorities did their best to persuade people that Velns is nothing but Christian pictured Devil/Satan himself. At some point they succeeded, but overall in people minds Velns never really became that Devil who is mentioned in the bible. In modern associations Velns is more like gullible, simple-minded evil spirit who lives in the Underworld, walks in the night time; fears rooster’s first morning crowing and tries do harm to people.
Many big stones, found in Baltic region, are connected with the name of Velns – for example Bed of Velns, Velns’ Foot or simply Velns’ Stone, which can tell us about pagan cult of Velns.
For Velna Skroderis, there is well known legend about this stone:
“Velns was falling out with Dievs (pagan god, creator of the world and sky) and wanted to harm him somehow. He decided to fill up Aiviekste River with the stones. Velns has already gathered all surrounding stones and poured one bag out where Aiviekste’s rapids are now. The other bag, he brought, was much bigger. While Velns was stepping over Kūja River, he tore his pants. Then he went to nearby house of tailor. There he found sledge limber, took it as a needle, sat down on a biggest stone and started to mend his pants. As for threads he took an oats. As soon as he was done with patching, suddenly rooster started to crow across the river. It was time for Velns to run as fast as he can, because dawn was near. From then on the big stone was left on the riverside and was called Velna Skroderis – Devil’s Tailor.”
There are also a lot of smaller stones in that area and a big oak tree, which again can point us to pagan cult and some kind of sacred places of olden times!