Finnish Kalevala

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In Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, Ilmatar was a virgin Personification of Air. Her Father was Sky, Her Mother was Primal Waters. Her name literally means "female air spirit." In Kalevala, Ilmatar is portrayed as androgynous with both male and female aspects, though she is primarily female. She was impregnated by the sea and wind and thus became the mother of Väinämöinen, the Finnish Creator of Life.

In Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, Ilmatar was a virgin Personification of Air. Her Father was Sky, Her Mother was Primal Waters. Her name literally means "female air spirit." In Kalevala, Ilmatar is portrayed as androgynous with both male and female aspects, though she is primarily female. She was impregnated by the sea and wind and thus became the mother of Väinämöinen, the Finnish Creator of Life.

Iku-Turso - A malevolent sea monster in Finnish mythology, mentioned in the Finnish national epic Kalevala

Iku-Turso - A malevolent sea monster in Finnish mythology, mentioned in the Finnish national epic Kalevala

Tapio is an East Finnish forest spirit or god, who figured prominently in the Kalevala. Hunters prayed to him before a hunt.  His wife is the goddess of the forest, Mielikki. He was the father of Annikki, Tellervo, Nyyrikki (the god of hunting), and Tuulikki.  Fitting the Green Man archetype, Tapio has a beard of lichen and eyebrows of moss.

Tapio is an East Finnish forest spirit or god, who figured prominently in the Kalevala. Hunters prayed to him before a hunt. His wife is the goddess of the forest, Mielikki. He was the father of Annikki, Tellervo, Nyyrikki (the god of hunting), and Tuulikki. Fitting the Green Man archetype, Tapio has a beard of lichen and eyebrows of moss.

Kalevala Finland.

Kalevala Finland.

In the Finnish mythology  the Nine diseases are the sons of Loviatar, the blind daughter of Tuoni.She is impregnated by the wind. According to the version told in the Kalevala they are Pistos (consumption), Ähky (colic), Luuvalo (gout), Riisi (rickets), Paise (ulcer), Rupi (scab), Syöjä (cancer), and Rutto (plague). The ninth, a witch and the worst of all, remains unnamed. He, the personification of envy, is banished by his mother to become the scourge of mankind.

In the Finnish mythology the Nine diseases are the sons of Loviatar, the blind daughter of Tuoni.She is impregnated by the wind. According to the version told in the Kalevala they are Pistos (consumption), Ähky (colic), Luuvalo (gout), Riisi (rickets), Paise (ulcer), Rupi (scab), Syöjä (cancer), and Rutto (plague). The ninth, a witch and the worst of all, remains unnamed. He, the personification of envy, is banished by his mother to become the scourge of mankind.

Joseph Alanen - Maid of the air. The Kalevala.

Joseph Alanen - Maid of the air. The Kalevala.

Lemminkainen, the Hero of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland.

Lemminkainen, the Hero of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland.

Hannunvaakuna - Kalevala Koru

Hannunvaakuna - Kalevala Koru

SINGING THE KALEVALA  These two Finns are singing the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. While singing they swing their bodies backward and forward. Often the singers sit facing each other astride the same bench instead of on opposite benches. It is customary to sing many poetical folk tales in this fashion.

SINGING THE KALEVALA These two Finns are singing the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. While singing they swing their bodies backward and forward. Often the singers sit facing each other astride the same bench instead of on opposite benches. It is customary to sing many poetical folk tales in this fashion.

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