Monk, Valamo Monastery, Karelia, Russia | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Monk, Valamo Monastery, Karelia, Russia | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Karelian woman wearing traditional dress (Finnish vintage postcard)

Karelian woman wearing traditional dress (Finnish vintage postcard)

Finnish rune singers, song festival, Helsinki (1900)

Finnish rune singers, song festival, Helsinki (1900)

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

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

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.

Karelian ladies

Karelian ladies

Map showing the border between Finland and Russia before and after WWII, and the regions of Karelia, by Andrew Andersen #finland #karelia #russia #suomi

Map showing the border between Finland and Russia before and after WWII, and the regions of Karelia, by Andrew Andersen #finland #karelia #russia #suomi

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

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

Karelian woman wearing traditional dress (Finnish vintage postcard)

Karelian woman wearing traditional dress (Finnish vintage postcard)

Monk, Valamo Monastery, Karelia, Russia    Russian Orthodox monk with a birchbark basket.

Monk, Valamo Monastery, Karelia, Russia Russian Orthodox monk with a birchbark basket.

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