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Orthodox Heritage    Eastern Finland, and particularly Karelia, has a long tradition of Orthodox religious and other influences from beyond the border. These are still apparent in everyday life, for example in what people eat. In Orthodox homes you'll see icons on the walls, and often find a special "käspaikka", a small wash-basin for guests, with a hand-towel woven to traditional patterns.

Orthodox Heritage Eastern Finland, and particularly Karelia, has a long tradition of Orthodox religious and other influences from beyond the border. These are still apparent in everyday life, for example in what people eat. In Orthodox homes you'll see icons on the walls, and often find a special "käspaikka", a small wash-basin for guests, with a hand-towel woven to traditional patterns.

Karelian man in a woodsman ́s outfit with the distinctive “kukkeli” hood and a Karelian type #axe with partial collar of the shaft.

Karelian man in a woodsman ́s outfit with the distinctive “kukkeli” hood and a Karelian type #axe with partial collar of the shaft.

Karelian Iivana Shemeikka plays kantele, the traditional stringinstrument. 1895. Photo: I. K. Inha

Karelian Iivana Shemeikka plays kantele, the traditional stringinstrument. 1895. Photo: I. K. Inha

A typical small rural North Karelian Farm of the 1920's

A typical small rural North Karelian Farm of the 1920's

Sortavala men's suits taken from Suomalaisia Kansallispukaja [Finnish National Costume] by Tyyni Vahter, illustrations by Greta Strandberg and Alli Touri

Sortavala men's suits taken from Suomalaisia Kansallispukaja [Finnish National Costume] by Tyyni Vahter, illustrations by Greta Strandberg and Alli Touri

Karjalainen Laukkukauppias. Карельский коробейник.

Karjalainen Laukkukauppias. Карельский коробейник.

'Käspaikka', Orthodox hand towel, a long embroidered towel or cloth. In Finnish Karelia hand towels were using also the sacred ritual objects.

'Käspaikka', Orthodox hand towel, a long embroidered towel or cloth. In Finnish Karelia hand towels were using also the sacred ritual objects.

Karjalaismallinen talo - Salmin pitäjän Käsnäselän kylän Mension (ent. Menschakoff) suvun vanhempi talo. Rakennettu 1800-luvulla. - Salmi

Karjalaismallinen talo - Salmin pitäjän Käsnäselän kylän Mension (ent. Menschakoff) suvun vanhempi talo. Rakennettu 1800-luvulla. - Salmi

A Polar Bear's Tale: Käspaikka from Karelia, Finland

A Polar Bear's Tale: Käspaikka from Karelia, Finland

Sortavalan Raatihuone (Sjöström) vuodelta 1885

Sortavalan Raatihuone (Sjöström) vuodelta 1885

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