Illustrator, writer and a folklorist. Likes cats, tea and period dramas. Currently writing a book about Finnish mythology. A host of the Little Women Podcast.
Russian Father Frost and Snow Maiden
Happy New Year In Russia, the Julian calendar is in use so the Russian New Year takes place on January 7th. There are two characters who are essentially part of the Russian New Year celebration. Those are Ded Moroz aka Grandfather Frost and his merry granddaughter Snegurochka the snow maiden. Each New Year they arrive with a troika, a sleigh that is pulled by three horses and they give gifts for children and everyone with a gentle and kind soul. Ded Moroz is told to be 2000 years old. His birthday is on November 18th and it is believed that he lives in the city of Veliky Ustjuk in northern Russia. In Belarus Ded Moroz lives in the forest of Puszcza Białowieska, Belarussian national park. Ded Moroz is a tall old man with a white curly beard. He usually wears a fur coat that is blue, red, silver or golden and he wears a fur hat of the same colour. He has a magical staff that he uses to create snow, frost and ice. The symbol of Ded Moroz is the snowflake.
Wizard of the Earth Sea
Earth Sea When I was a teen like many others I enjoyed reading Harry Potter books and Lord of the Rings, which all came out as popular movies as well when I was a teenager, but my favourite fantasy book series of all time wasn´t about Hogwarts or hobbits. My favourite fantasy story was Ursula K. Le Guinn´s Earth Sea saga.
My (deeply thought) Friedrich Bhaer Timeline
Little Women 1830 on the 12th of July 1830 Frierich Karl Christian Bhaer is born to Ludwig and Elsa Bhaer in Friedenau, central Berlin.
Here is a painting that to me was very important in a spiritual sense. A lot of people know me as somebody who likes to create mythology-inspired art. It´s something I have done since childhood.
Gods of the Sami
Horagállis god of thunder Saami people the indigenous people of northern Europe had several deities who they worshipped and their belief system was animistic. They believed that everything in nature had life and spirit inside them. Many of the Saami deities were not personified as humans but were seen as invisible forces of nature. There is a great amount of Saami languages so there are several name variations for different deities. The most common name for the thunder god was Horagállis but he was also known as Hovregállis, Äijjh, Dearpmes, Tiermes, Bájan and Áddjá. The symbol of Horagállis was the hammer which is a common symbol for a thunder god across Europe. In the northern hemisphere, other well-known thunder gods are Thor from Scandinavian mythology and Ukko/Ilmarinen from Finland and Uku from Estonia. In Saami culture god of thunder was respected as the bringer of the rain. He was seen as the protector of humans and reindeers. It was believed that Horagállis cleaned the air and washed diseases away.
The region of the Saami´s reaches from the northern coast of Norway to the Kuola Peninsula of Russia. There as many different pantheons as there are Saami tribes and Saami languages.
Gnomes in Saami Mythology
Spirits of the land Gnomes and different kind of earth spirits are very common characters in Saami mythology. Spiritual world view of the saami´s was foremost shamanistic and pantheistic. People had strong belief for invisible powers in nature and magical creatures who ruled the elements. One always needed to have respect for these creatures for they were the protector spirits of the land and the northern nature of Lapland.
Finnish Mythology: Gods and Goddesses
Throughout times there have been millions of gods and goddesses that people have worshipped around the world. In Finland, there were several pagan deities who were all manifestations of nature. Beliefs of the first inhabitants of what is now known as Finland were most likely shamanic- animistic beliefs for the totem animals and nature spirits. The pantheon of Finnish deities slowly evolved from these beliefs.