Žemaičių Kalvarija Kalnai instrumental tunes in Kartena

Alfonsas Motuzas

The paper describes instrumental melodies of prays and canticles sung in Kartena for the Žemaičių Kalvarija Kalnai Festival and reveals the origin of these melodies. The investigation done enables to suppose that, in the area of Kartena, there was a certain cultural factor live for ages; and with the time changing the sacred and dear things had not been erased from the human memory, i.e., the Kalnai (Mount Calvary Way of Crosses) music melodies. This factor is the devotion of Kartena people.