Servants of these religious centers have influences on other not central shrines.
This influence was based more on authority than on formal structure of organization.
The Lithuanian nation rose between the 7th and 9th centuries CE.
Earlier, the Balts, ancestors of Lithuanians and Latvians, had arrived at the territories between the Dnepr and Daugava rivers and the Baltic Sea.
The most archaic language forms were preserved by the Western Balts, who lived approximately in the territory of later Prussia (today's Kaliningrad and north-west Poland).
These dialects developed into Old Prussian language, which became extinct by the beginning of the 18th century.
After the period of Gothic domination in Europe, the culture of the Balts appeared in a more restricted territory between the Wisla and Daugava rivers.For example, some historians argue that union was more local and included only southern Balts (Lithuanians and Prussians), but Northern Balts (ancestors of Latvians) did not participate in it.Information concerning religious unity is influenced by later Lithuanian and Latvian myths and is not strongly based on historical sources and archaeological research.They were divided into some autonomous clans, but culturally and religiously, they were part of the Balts.The common name for them, Lithuanians, was already known.