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Tuonela is the underworld, the realm of the dead, in Finnish mythology. Like other underworlds from mythology, it sits on an island and is reached by crossing a river. It is ruled over by the god Tuoni, and his wife Tuonetar, who serves as ferrywoman and hostess.     This realm appears in the Kalevala when Väinämöinen travels there seeking knowledge.

Tuonela is the underworld, the realm of the dead, in Finnish mythology. Like other underworlds from mythology, it sits on an island and is reached by crossing a river.

Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus kidnaps naughty children in his sack and takes them back to his lair.

Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved one

A troll is a supernatural being in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore. In origin, troll may have been a negative synonym for a jötunn (plural jötnar), a being in Norse mythology. In Old Norse sources, beings described as trolls dwell in isolated rocks, mountains, or caves, live together in small family units, and are rarely helpful to human beings.

Finding spirited presences in trees has long been part of woodland myth and folkore world wide. Here are other "tree people" images by some of my favorite mythic artists: Illustrations by Arthur Rackham From "The Land of Froud" by Brian.

Medieval city planning: organized around church and market at center; rings of surrounding streets; city wall at perimeter

Medieval city planning: organized around church and market at center; rings of surrounding streets; city wall at perimeter

✮ Canoeing via a Maori Waka (Traditional war canoe), New Zealand

Waka brought divine gifts to the Maori First Nation. For this reason the waka inspire kotahitanga (unity) even today. My mind wonders that if Hawaii, Rapanui and Aotearoa were all reached by Waka what would have prevented them from reaching the Americas?

carved eaves detail of an Icelandic burstabær. i don't know whether to post this on my dream home, history, or magic! WHY AREN'T ALL HOUSES LIKE THIS!?

carved eaves detail of an Icelandic burstabær.

One Viking Iron Boss in a Viking Round Shield of Encircling Leather. At the centre of the Viking shield's was a circular hole covered by a more-or-less hemispherical iron boss of ~15 cm diameter (including flange), which enclosed the hand grip. The iron of the dome was fairly thick (3-5 mm), though the flange was somewhat thinner. Tough stuff!

One Viking Iron Boss in a Viking Round Shield of Encircling Leather. At the centre of the Viking shield's was a circular hole covered by a more-or-less hemispherical iron boss of cm diameter (including flange), which enclosed the hand grip. The iron of