Finnish Magic and the Old Gods

by

Terri Simon

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The Nomadic Chantry of the Gramarye


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History
The Finnish people are, in many ways, an enigma. Despite Finland’s location amidst
the Scandinavian countries, the Finns are not Scandinavian. They came out of Asia
thousands of years ago and settled in Finland at least 4,000 years ago. Their language is
closer to Ugrian, Samoyed or Korean than the nearby German, Russian or Swedish.
According to Finnish Magic by Robert Nelson, “There is evidence that the Finno-Ugrians
anciently occupied a major part of the Scandinavian Peninsula, and possibly part of the
British isles. J. F. Campbell and others have taught that the aboriginal inhabitants of the
British Isles were Finns displaced by the conquering Celts and Germans, who seemed to
associate the Finns with magic. The old Norse word for sorcery, finngerd, literally meant ‘a
Finn’s work.’” It is also thought that the Finns conquered and absorbed the Lapps as they
traveled through the north and their are similarities between languages to support this.
The Finns were seen as warriors, but in some ways this is a role that was thrust upon
them. Finns served the Byzantine emperors as bodyguards, palace police and soldiers. They
served the Uppsala kings of ancient Sweden in Viking conquests throughout the Baltic and
North Sea areas. After Finland was made a province of Sweden by Swedish King Eric the
Good and Bishop Henry of Uppsala, the Finns often found themselves in wars that were more
like fights for survival than matters of territoriality.
Finnish warrior spirit is more a sign of indomitable will than one of blood-thirstiness.
They survived forty-two wars with Russia, having lost all of them. They paid their war debts
when richer countries didn’t. These are examples of what the Finns would call sisu. Sisu
doesn’t have a translation but it represents the philosophy that what needs to be done, will be
done, no matter the cost. “Strong will takes a person even through stone.” The Kalevala, the
Finnish national epic, is probably the only such epic which is not about war. Considering
that for most of Finland’s history it didn’t have it’s own government, this makes a point
about the temperament of the Finns.
Magic
The Finns have long been associated with magic. Sailors considered it bad luck to
kill a Finn. The Norwegian kings forbade their citizens to travel to Finland to consult
magicians. In the 16
th
and 17
th
centuries, the Swedish government searched for and
confiscated goudbas, the magic drums of the Lapp and Finn shamans. There have been many
stories of Finns controlling the wind, something very useful for Vikings and sailors of all
sorts.

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A shaman drum (goudbas)
While Finnish magic includes ways to capture wind into knots for use later, the magic
is based in shamanism, which Nelson describes as “the practice of using altered states of
consciousness to influence the world and acquire power.” Finnish shaman made particular
use of songs and chants and the phrase “to sing” someone meant to perform magic on them.
For example, the contest between Väinämöinen and Joukahainen starts with Joukahainen’s
challenge:
“If you’re old Väinämöinen
the everlasting singer
let us start singing
begin reciting
with man testing man
one defeating the other!”

Great importance was placed on knowing the right words for the songs and knowing
the origin of a thing gave you power over it. Spirits were everywhere in nature and a shaman
could gain knowledge by observation or by being taught, but the most useful method was by
going into a trance. Shaman and magi are called “word-masters,” but knowing the words is
not enough. The knowledge must be used by an act of will. To make this act of will take
place, the mage must develop the disciplines of focus, practice, purification and trance work.
The trance work was often preceded by a sauna (an invention of the Finns) which was
perhaps a ritual cleansing and could also be used as part of the trance itself. Trance work was
usually done in groups with loud and energetic chanting, but it could be done alone and
quietly. Dancing could be used to enter a trance state.
One of the things which could be accomplished in a trance state was to communicate
with haltija. The haltija is the spirit of a thing, whether it be a tree, a place, an object, etc.
The haltija is not a spirit which can be separated from a host object, the haltija is more the
spiritual essence of the object.
Nelson points out that magic, while being based in the spiritual, was used for practical
purposes as well. In the Kalevala, Väinämöinen uses his magic to build a ship and to aid
agriculture. Ilmarinen uses his magical ability, combined with his expertise as a smith, to
create the Sampo, an artifact that creates corn, salt and money.
Then the smith Ilmarinen
put this into words: “I’ll be
able to forge the Sampo
beat out the bright-lid
from a swan’s quill tip

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a barren cow’s milk
a small barley grain
a summer ewe’s down
because I have forged the sky
beaten out the lid of heaven
with nothing to start off from
with not a shred ready made.”

According to Nelson, there is evidence that the Finns also knew and used the futhark
and were familiar with the Norse pantheon. In the Kalevala, one of the places a runaway fire
passes through is “Thor’s field edge” and, when Väinämöinen needs to determine what
happened to the sun and moon, which are missing, he apparently uses runes.
He, the old Väinämöinen
the everlasting wise man
from an alder cut slivers
laid the slivers out
set about turning the lots
his fingers arranging them

Festivals
The Finns divided the year into four quarters. The dates for these holidays are
approximate since there was a lot of individual adaptation involved in everything they did.
The Finns were also aware of the cultures of those around them and adapted and adopted as
necessary. For instance, when Christian influence increased, St. Anthony’s Day (January
17
th
) was melded into a continuation of the house spirit cult. A rag doll or candle would be
made to represent the spirit of the house or farm. The doll or candle would be kept
somewhere appropriate (like a grain bin) and later in the year would be offered food and
prayer. The dates for the quarters and some other holidays are:
•Plough Day - April 14
•Bear’s Day - July 13
•Withering Day - October 14
•Collection Day - January 14
•Summer festival, or kesäjuhlat would begin on St. John’s Eve (or Juhunnas) and the
longest day of the year would be celebrated.
•Midwinter or Yuletide would be celebrated around December 21-23.
•The National Winter Festival or Laskaiainen is celebrated around February 7. This
festival honored woman and their handiwork. It marked the beginning of weaving for the
year and it was bad luck if the spinning wasn’t done by then.
•Spring Equinox was celebrated, marking the time when animals were first freed
from the barn for grazing.
•Autumn Equinox was celebrated around September 21-23. It was a harvest
celebration marked with feasts, sacrifices, story telling music and the sauna. At the harvest,
the first or last sheaf cut would be saved and offered beer and food on Christmas eve to
ensure that the grain would grow the next year.
•August Eve or August 1
st
was the festival of first fruits.
•November Eve is the feast of remembrance. The shamans believed the doorway
between the seen/material world and the unseen/immaterial/spiritual world was open. It was
celebrated with sacrifices and ancestral remembrances.
Ancestor Worship
The Finns have strong ties to their ancestors. Although the ancestors have gone on to
the spirit world, they maintain an interest in their descendants. The ancestral spirits gain and
keep power through the attention of the living, earthly spirits. It is believed that our attention

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gives the spirits focus, purpose and motivation. Without it the spirits lose touch with the
earth and lapse into sleep. The spirits powers vary, some being very strong and others on a
par with mortals. The spirits can intervene on their descendants behalf, be benevolent or
manipulative, much like when they were alive.
Finnish Gods and Goddesses
In this section, I provide a list of every Finnish deity I could find listed on the Internet
and in the books listed in the bibliography. The major deities are marked with asterisks.

Ahti *
Other Names: Atho

Description: Chief god of waters and seas. Husband of Vellamo. Rules over water
and the sea. He is the god prayed to by fishermen looking for a good catch and for blessing
their equipment. Even Väinämöinen and Ilmarinen need his help to catch a particular
magical fish. Ahti could be placed in the West when casting a circle.


Egres
Other Names: Akras

Description: Fertility god, responsible for the turnip crop.

Haltia
Description: House goddess. She was said to live in each room’s roof beams,
bringing good luck and health to the residents if they greeted her upon entering.
Hiisi
Description: Tree god, said to reside in pine forests. After Christianization, he was
reduced to a troll. Also described as a group of evil spirit that worked with Lempo and Paha
and ruled over evil, skilled sorcerers, necromancers, spells, sacred drums, trance, chanting.
Hittavainen
Description: Hunting god, guardian deity of hare hunters.
Ilma
Description: God of air. Father of Ilmatar. Rules over air.
Ilmarinen *
Description: Sky god. Weather god who places the stars in the sky. He may be a
successor to Ilma. Guardian of travelers. Smith-god who educated man in the use of iron
and forging. He forged the mysterious, powerful talisman Sampo. He rules over smiths,
magick, talismans, prosperity. Ilmarinen could be placed in the East when casting a circle, but
could actually fit in any of the four quarters, since his skills as a smith and magician indicate
his ability to use all elements. A smith uses fire in his forge, air in the bellows, earth in the
form of the metal he works and water to cool the finished project.
Inmar
Other Names: Votyak
Description: Sky goddess. The name became incorporated into Christian tradition
and interpreted as “the mother of God”.
Jumala
Other Names: Mader-Atcha.
Description: First sky god, creator. No shape or identity, creative impulse only.
Rules over sky, thunder, weather, twilight, dusk.

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Kalma
Description: Goddess of death and decay, haunted graveyards, snatching the flesh of
the dead. In Tuonela, she lived in an invisible country guarded by the flesh eating monster,
Surma. Daughter of Tuoni and Tuonetar.
Kaltesh
Description: Fertility goddess. Concerned with childbirth and the future destiny of
the infant. Consort of the sky god Num. Her sacred animals include the hare and the goose.
Symbol: Birch tree
Kipu-Tytto
Description: Goddess of Illness. Daughter of Tuoni.
Kondos
Description: God of cereal crops, particularly identified with the sowing of wheat.
After Christianization, he was absorbed by the figure of St. Urban.
Kuu
Description: Moon Goddess.
Leib-Olmai
Description: Bear God. Rules over luck in hunting, protection from injuries.
Louhi *
Description: Magic working ice giantess. Princess of Pohjala, far to the north.
Goddess of sorcery, evil, dark magick. Rules over sorcery, evil, dark magick.
Loviatar
Description: Goddess of plagues, daughter of Tuoni and Tuonetar, mated with the
wind. She had 9 children which gusted out across the universe carrying diseases.
Lounnotar *
Other Names: Ilmatar.
Description: Virgin daughter of Air, Sky Mother, Water Mother, Creatress Goddess,
Daughter of Nature, Mother of the Waters. Rules over immense powers. “Daughter of
nature.” One day a duck nested on her knee while she was resting. When she moved the
three eggs fell into the primeval slime. There the eggs were transformed into the universe.
The bird’s eggs hatch and are used to form the sky and the earth, the yolk forms the sun, the
white forms the moon. After this she formed the islands and peninsulas on earth.
Lounnotar also gives birth to Väinämöinen. She was pregnant for 700 years. In casting a
circle, Lounnotar could represent the West, since she is known as Water Mother and is the
creator of the world. She is also known as Air-Daughter and could represent the East.
Mere-Ama
Other Names: Vete-Ema, Mier-Iema
Description: “Sea mother”. She was the spirit of water. Her most powerful
manifestation was in the ocean, but she also resided in the streams and brooks. She was the
queen of aquatic life.
Mielikki *
Description: Goddess of the forests, protector of animals, and also goddess of the
hunt. Her favorite animal was the bear-cub. When she found orphaned cubs, she would
nurture them herself into adulthood. Consort of Tapio and mother of Tuulikki and Nyyrikki.

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Protectress of woodland animals. Goddess of the Hunt. Rules over bears, hunting, animals,
archery, abundant grain. In casting a circle, Mielikki could represent the North.
Num
Description: Samoyed sky god.
Numitorem
Description: Vogul sky god who created all animals.
Paiva
Description: Sun God.
Pajainen
Description: God. The deity who kills the great bull.
Paivatar *
Description: She was called “competent maid” or “resplendent of the shaft-bow of
the sky”. The spinning sun virgin who wove daylight from a rainbow arch. In one myth,
Paivatar is the sun and her son is the moon. They are captured by Louhi, the Maid of the
Northland, and are rescued by Väinämöinen and Ilmarinen. I wonder if Paivatar and Paiva
are really the same, since the names are similar and both are sun deities. Paivatar may be
associated with the South when calling quarters.
Pellervoinen
Description: God of fields, trees and plants. Rules over fields, trees, plants, harvest,
fertility.
Pellon Pekko
Description: Vegetation god. The deity responsible for the germination and
harvesting of barley used to make beer. The first brewing is dedicated to Pellen Pekko.
Melded with St. Peter under Christian influence.
Rana Neida
Description: Goddess of spinning
Rauni
Other Names: Akka, Maan-Eno, Ravdna, Roonikka
Description: Forest Mother, storm and thunder goddess. Consort of the thunder god
Ukko and responsible for rainbows after storms. She was incarnated in the rowan tree or
mountain ash. Associated with air, clouds, thunder, rain, plant life. She oversaw the harvest.
Rules over childbirth, ease from pain.
Sampsa
Description: Vegetation god. He is perceived as a giver of life to seed that lies
dormant through the winter months. His unnamed consort, to whom he is wed in a form of
sacred marriage that takes place at sowing time, is also his stepmother.
Tapio *
Description: Hunting god. God of water and woods. Husband of Mielikki, father of
Nyyrikki and Tuulikki. Wore a fir hat and moss cloak. Rules over abundance of game.
Believed to inhabit forests and invoked before a hunt. In casting a circle, Tapio would be
placed at the North.
Tuonetar
Description: The queen of death. Lived in a jungle of darkness somewhere on earth,
divided from the lan of the living by a black-water river.

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Tuoni
Description: Lord of Tuonela/Manala (underworld). Rules over death.
Tursas
Other Names: Iki-Turso, Turisas, Turras
Description: Possibly related to the Scandinavian word thurs meaning giant. He’s
described as malevolent. Connected to water and the beach. War god. Father of demons.
His symbol was an image of four arrows known as the Heart of Tursas.
Ukko *
Description: Thunder god. King of the gods, successor to Jumala. He was an elder
of the universe and his existence guaranteed its survival. He remained aloof – mortals only
saw rain clouds. Drives a cart which generates flashes of lightning as the horses hoofs hit
stones along the way. The noise of thunder comes from the wheels or from Ukko grinding
grain with a big stone. Rules over clouds, rains, thunder, help with the impossible.
Attributes: Ax, blue robe, hammer, and sword. Ukko could be called in the East when
casting a circle.
Väinämöinen *
Description: Cultural hero/god. According to the Kalevala, he is the son of
Luonnotar. He took 700 years to be born. In some stories, it was he who sat in the sea and
had the bird nest on his knee. Väinämöinen is referred to throughout the Kalevala as “steady”
and “old man”. It appears that he is the foremost magician/singer
Vellamo
Description: The sea goddess lived underwater with her daughters, the waves, who
tended cattle and raised mysterious crops on the ocean floor.
Venden Emo
Description: The “mother of water” was responsible for guiding fish into the nets of
the hungry. She is a very ancient goddess; her worship was recorded almost 2000 years ago
by Agricola.
Yambe-Akka
Description: "Old woman of the dead." Has charge of the underworld. Rules over
underworld.


Bibliography
Ancient Religion of the Finns
Written for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs by Professor Juha Pentikäinen, University of
Helsinki
http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/muinueng.html
Ancient Finnish Myths
http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Vines/4640/indexbase.html
Finnish Folklore
Written for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs by Juhani U. Lehtonen Professor of
Ethnology, University of Helsinki, May 1993
http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/folkleng.html
Finnish Magic - A Nation of Wizards, A World of Spirits, by Robert Nelson, Ph.D.,
published by Llewellyn Publications, 1999
Finnish Pagan Pages

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The Kalevala, by Elias Lonnrot, translated by Keith Bosley, published by Oxford University
Press, 1989
Kalevala Tarot, by Kalervo Aaltonen, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 1996

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A shaman drum (goudbas) While Finnish magic includes ways to capture wind into knots for use later. the contest between Väinämöinen and Joukahainen starts with Joukahainen’s challenge: “If you’re old Väinämöinen the everlasting singer let us start singing begin reciting . the magic is based in shamanism. For example. which Nelson describes as “the practice of using altered states of consciousness to influence the world and acquire power.” Finnish shaman made particular use of songs and chants and the phrase “to sing” someone meant to perform magic on them.

salt and money. purification and trance work. to create the Sampo. whether it be a tree. Väinämöinen uses his magic to build a ship and to aid agriculture. Trance work was usually done in groups with loud and energetic chanting. etc. Dancing could be used to enter a trance state. Spirits were everywhere in nature and a shaman could gain knowledge by observation or by being taught. The haltija is not a spirit which can be separated from a host object. an artifact that creates corn. The knowledge must be used by an act of will.with man testing man one defeating the other!” Great importance was placed on knowing the right words for the songs and knowing the origin of a thing gave you power over it. To make this act of will take place. the haltija is more the spiritual essence of the object. One of the things which could be accomplished in a trance state was to communicate with haltija. The trance work was often preceded by a sauna (an invention of the Finns) which was perhaps a ritual cleansing and could also be used as part of the trance itself. combined with his expertise as a smith. while being based in the spiritual. Shaman and magi are called “word-masters. an object. Then the smith Ilmarinen put this into words: “I’ll be able to forge the Sampo beat out the bright-lid from a swan’s quill tip . Nelson points out that magic. The haltija is the spirit of a thing. but the most useful method was by going into a trance. a place. In the Kalevala. practice. the mage must develop the disciplines of focus. was used for practical purposes as well. Ilmarinen uses his magical ability.” but knowing the words is not enough. but it could be done alone and quietly.

July 13 .April 14 •Bear’s Day . A rag doll or candle would be made to represent the spirit of the house or farm. which are missing.a barren cow’s milk a small barley grain a summer ewe’s down because I have forged the sky beaten out the lid of heaven with nothing to start off from with not a shred ready made. one of the places a runaway fire passes through is “Thor’s field edge” and. The doll or candle would be kept somewhere appropriate (like a grain bin) and later in the year would be offered food and prayer. For instance. the old Väinämöinen the everlasting wise man from an alder cut slivers laid the slivers out set about turning the lots his fingers arranging them Festivals The Finns divided the year into four quarters. there is evidence that the Finns also knew and used the futhark and were familiar with the Norse pantheon. Anthony’s Day (January 17th) was melded into a continuation of the house spirit cult. St. In the Kalevala. The Finns were also aware of the cultures of those around them and adapted and adopted as necessary. he apparently uses runes. The dates for these holidays are approximate since there was a lot of individual adaptation involved in everything they did. The dates for the quarters and some other holidays are: •Plough Day .” According to Nelson. He. when Väinämöinen needs to determine what happened to the sun and moon. when Christian influence increased.

The shamans believed the doorway between the seen/material world and the unseen/immaterial/spiritual world was open. Although the ancestors have gone on to the spirit world. •August Eve or August 1st was the festival of first fruits. •Autumn Equinox was celebrated around September 21-23.•Withering Day . The ancestral spirits gain and keep power through the attention of the living. story telling music and the sauna. At the harvest.January 14 •Summer festival. marking the time when animals were first freed from the barn for grazing. •Midwinter or Yuletide would be celebrated around December 21-23.October 14 •Collection Day . •Spring Equinox was celebrated. John’s Eve (or Juhunnas) and the longest day of the year would be celebrated. or kesäjuhlat would begin on St. sacrifices. earthly spirits. This festival honored woman and their handiwork. they maintain an interest in their descendants. the first or last sheaf cut would be saved and offered beer and food on Christmas eve to ensure that the grain would grow the next year. •November Eve is the feast of remembrance. Ancestor Worship The Finns have strong ties to their ancestors. It marked the beginning of weaving for the year and it was bad luck if the spinning wasn’t done by then. It was celebrated with sacrifices and ancestral remembrances. •The National Winter Festival or Laskaiainen is celebrated around February 7. It is believed that our attention . It was a harvest celebration marked with feasts.

Even Väinämöinen and Ilmarinen need his help to catch a particular magical fish. She was said to live in each room’s roof beams. Finnish Gods and Goddesses In this section. responsible for the turnip crop. bringing good luck and health to the residents if they greeted her upon entering. some being very strong and others on a par with mortals. Without it the spirits lose touch with the earth and lapse into sleep. The major deities are marked with asterisks. Rules over water and the sea. much like when they were alive. Hiisi . be benevolent or manipulative.gives the spirits focus. The spirits powers vary. purpose and motivation. I provide a list of every Finnish deity I could find listed on the Internet and in the books listed in the bibliography. Ahti * Other Names: Atho Description: Chief god of waters and seas. Ahti could be placed in the West when casting a circle. The spirits can intervene on their descendants behalf. Husband of Vellamo. Egres Other Names: Akras Description: Fertility god. Haltia Description: House goddess. He is the god prayed to by fishermen looking for a good catch and for blessing their equipment.

He may be a successor to Ilma. Rules over air. creator. necromancers. skilled sorcerers. Weather god who places the stars in the sky. thunder. earth in the form of the metal he works and water to cool the finished project. creative impulse only. Description: First sky god. A smith uses fire in his forge. twilight. Father of Ilmatar. said to reside in pine forests. Inmar Other Names: Votyak Description: Sky goddess. Also described as a group of evil spirit that worked with Lempo and Paha and ruled over evil. air in the bellows. talismans. he was reduced to a troll.Description: Tree god. Jumala Other Names: Mader-Atcha. Ilmarinen * Description: Sky god. Guardian of travelers. He rules over smiths. The name became incorporated into Christian tradition and interpreted as “the mother of God”. magick. prosperity. trance. Ilma Description: God of air. spells. guardian deity of hare hunters. but could actually fit in any of the four quarters. Hittavainen Description: Hunting god. dusk. He forged the mysterious. since his skills as a smith and magician indicate his ability to use all elements. weather. . No shape or identity. Smith-god who educated man in the use of iron and forging. chanting. powerful talisman Sampo. sacred drums. After Christianization. Ilmarinen could be placed in the East when casting a circle. Rules over sky.

evil. Princess of Pohjala. dark magick. she lived in an invisible country guarded by the flesh eating monster. Kuu Description: Moon Goddess. evil. After Christianization. Her sacred animals include the hare and the goose. Urban. Rules over sorcery. Surma. Concerned with childbirth and the future destiny of the infant. Daughter of Tuoni. dark magick. Daughter of Tuoni and Tuonetar. he was absorbed by the figure of St. Goddess of sorcery. Kaltesh Description: Fertility goddess. Consort of the sky god Num. Kondos Description: God of cereal crops. particularly identified with the sowing of wheat. Louhi * Description: Magic working ice giantess. Loviatar . Rules over luck in hunting. snatching the flesh of the dead. haunted graveyards. In Tuonela. far to the north. Symbol: Birch tree Kipu-Tytto Description: Goddess of Illness. protection from injuries. Leib-Olmai Description: Bear God.Kalma Description: Goddess of death and decay.

and also goddess of the hunt. Mier-Iema Description: “Sea mother”. the white forms the moon.Description: Goddess of plagues. mated with the wind. . Mere-Ama Other Names: Vete-Ema. Consort of Tapio and mother of Tuulikki and Nyyrikki. Rules over immense powers. Mother of the Waters. She was the queen of aquatic life. the yolk forms the sun. “Daughter of nature. She is also known as Air-Daughter and could represent the East. She was the spirit of water. There the eggs were transformed into the universe. Daughter of Nature. since she is known as Water Mother and is the creator of the world. Description: Virgin daughter of Air. She was pregnant for 700 years. Water Mother. Lounnotar could represent the West. Lounnotar also gives birth to Väinämöinen. but she also resided in the streams and brooks. She had 9 children which gusted out across the universe carrying diseases.” One day a duck nested on her knee while she was resting. In casting a circle. Mielikki * Description: Goddess of the forests. she would nurture them herself into adulthood. After this she formed the islands and peninsulas on earth. The bird’s eggs hatch and are used to form the sky and the earth. Lounnotar * Other Names: Ilmatar. Her favorite animal was the bear-cub. daughter of Tuoni and Tuonetar. When she found orphaned cubs. protector of animals. When she moved the three eggs fell into the primeval slime. Creatress Goddess. Her most powerful manifestation was in the ocean. Sky Mother.

harvest. fertility. The spinning sun virgin who wove daylight from a rainbow arch. plants. In casting a circle. Paivatar * Description: She was called “competent maid” or “resplendent of the shaft-bow of the sky”. Pajainen Description: God. Rules over fields. The deity who kills the great bull. I wonder if Paivatar and Paiva are really the same. In one myth. They are captured by Louhi. Paivatar may be associated with the South when calling quarters. hunting. trees and plants. archery. Goddess of the Hunt. Paiva Description: Sun God. abundant grain. animals. Paivatar is the sun and her son is the moon. trees. Num Description: Samoyed sky god. Numitorem Description: Vogul sky god who created all animals. the Maid of the Northland. Mielikki could represent the North. since the names are similar and both are sun deities.Protectress of woodland animals. Rules over bears. Pellon Pekko . and are rescued by Väinämöinen and Ilmarinen. Pellervoinen Description: God of fields.

Lived in a jungle of darkness somewhere on earth. father of Nyyrikki and Tuulikki. storm and thunder goddess. The deity responsible for the germination and harvesting of barley used to make beer. . clouds. Wore a fir hat and moss cloak. Rules over childbirth. In casting a circle. The first brewing is dedicated to Pellen Pekko. Ravdna.Description: Vegetation god. plant life. Melded with St. divided from the lan of the living by a black-water river. Husband of Mielikki. She was incarnated in the rowan tree or mountain ash. God of water and woods. Associated with air. Rana Neida Description: Goddess of spinning Rauni Other Names: Akka. Tuonetar Description: The queen of death. thunder. Consort of the thunder god Ukko and responsible for rainbows after storms. ease from pain. Sampsa Description: Vegetation god. She oversaw the harvest. to whom he is wed in a form of sacred marriage that takes place at sowing time. Peter under Christian influence. is also his stepmother. Tapio would be placed at the North. His unnamed consort. Maan-Eno. He is perceived as a giver of life to seed that lies dormant through the winter months. Rules over abundance of game. Roonikka Description: Forest Mother. Believed to inhabit forests and invoked before a hunt. rain. Tapio * Description: Hunting god.

successor to Jumala. Turras Description: Possibly related to the Scandinavian word thurs meaning giant.Tuoni Description: Lord of Tuonela/Manala (underworld). He was an elder of the universe and his existence guaranteed its survival. Attributes: Ax. Väinämöinen is referred to throughout the Kalevala as “steady” and “old man”. He took 700 years to be born. the waves. Ukko * Description: Thunder god. According to the Kalevala. Drives a cart which generates flashes of lightning as the horses hoofs hit stones along the way. rains. he is the son of Luonnotar. His symbol was an image of four arrows known as the Heart of Tursas. blue robe. Ukko could be called in the East when casting a circle. Väinämöinen * Description: Cultural hero/god. thunder. it was he who sat in the sea and had the bird nest on his knee. Father of demons. Connected to water and the beach. King of the gods. Rules over clouds. He remained aloof – mortals only saw rain clouds. Rules over death. He’s described as malevolent. who tended cattle and raised mysterious crops on the ocean floor. . War god. help with the impossible. hammer. Tursas Other Names: Iki-Turso. It appears that he is the foremost magician/singer Vellamo Description: The sea goddess lived underwater with her daughters. Turisas. In some stories. The noise of thunder comes from the wheels or from Ukko grinding grain with a big stone. and sword.

finland.html Ancient Finnish Myths http://www.D. her worship was recorded almost 2000 years ago by Agricola. 1999 Finnish Pagan Pages .finland. Ph. Bibliography Ancient Religion of the Finns Written for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs by Professor Juha Pentikäinen. May 1993 http://virtual. She is a very ancient goddess.fi/finfo/english/muinueng.A Nation of Wizards.Venden Emo Description: The “mother of water” was responsible for guiding fish into the nets of the hungry. Yambe-Akka Description: "Old woman of the dead.html Finnish Magic .." Has charge of the underworld.geocities. University of Helsinki. University of Helsinki http://virtual.html Finnish Folklore Written for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs by Juhani U. published by Llewellyn Publications. Rules over underworld. A World of Spirits. by Robert Nelson. Lehtonen Professor of Ethnology.fi/finfo/english/folkleng.com/RainForest/Vines/4640/indexbase.

by Kalervo Aaltonen. published by Oxford University Press. 1996 . published by U.HTM The Kalevala.http://members. by Elias Lonnrot. Games Systems.S. Inc. 1989 Kalevala Tarot.nbci. translated by Keith Bosley..com/karjala/ENGLISH.

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