Bear Cult and Prehistoric Bear Objects in Finland

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The Birth of the Bear The 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 … Read More

Sun cult and sun dancers in the Nordic Bronze Age

A summer solstice more than three thousands of years ago. A group of people have gathered by an ancient stone structure to wait for the sunrise. Only the crackling of the burning torches breaks the silence. Little by little space is filled by a low, even ghostly sound. A gigantic horn has been raised and a rhythmic drumming begins. Men in the circle are pounding big drums decorated with red images with their axes. When the first rays of the … Read More

Runic inscriptions II – Love

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Valentine’s day is soon so I thought that I should share some love related runic inscriptions here. Some of them I have already mentioned before here on my blog. The oldest love related runic inscriptions not necessarily deal with romantic love as we understand it today. The idea of the romantic love is thought to have developed later in the Middle Ages, in the 12th century, with the troubadour culture. The purpose of the oldest, short inscriptions was magical and … Read More

Stone Age human images in Finland

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Stone Age human images and figurines Stone Age human images or anthropomorphic figurines found in Finland are the images of rock paintings, amber pendants in a form of a human face, clay figurines and some single sculptures or objects representing a human. The Stone Age human and animal images and figurines are usually thought to be related to the beliefs or religion. Ancient religion in Finland The knowledge about the old religions in the area of Finland is based on … Read More

Völva, Iron Age seeress and her magic wand

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As Samhain, Halloween and their Finnish counterpart Kekri are near it is a good moment to get inspired by seeresses, witches and shamans. The seers who could connect to the other worlds and see the future and the past. The North has been full of these sorcerers and seers before the Christianity arrived and even after it but with a lower profile. The Stone Age rock paintings in Finland depict shamans and their assisting animals. The Sámi “noaid”, shamans have … Read More

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