Bear Cult and Prehistoric Bear Objects in Finland

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The Birth of the BearThe Kalevala tells about the creation and the birth of the bear:”Otso was not born a beggar,Was not born among the rushes,Was not cradled in a manger;Honey-paw was born in ether,In the regions of the Moon-land,On the shoulders of Otava,With the daughters of creation.”Mielikki, the mistress of the forest creates the bear and makes the teeth out of twigs of pine and fir trees. Knowing the birth of the prey gave a hunter the power over … Read More

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