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: often done in pairs, holding hands, an ancient tradition.Finnish rune singers sat face to face and held each other's hands.They also moved their bodies sync with the song.

A.O. Väisänen (Finnish, 1890-1969). The weeper Irinja Taronen. Professional mourners - weeping women - most commonly cried at weddings and funerals in Karelia, Finland.

Väisänen (Finnish, The weeper Irinja Taronen. Professional mourners - weeping women - most commonly cried at weddings and funerals in Karelia, Finland.

Finnish rune singers, song festival, Helsinki (1900)

Finnish rune singers, song festival, Helsinki Wonder what they sounded like.

The two photos are by I. K. Inha (1865-1930)

Karelian poem singing brothers Poavila and Triihvo Jamanen reciting traditional Finnish folk poetry, Russia, 1894

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