She is said to have played a central role in the creation of the bear. Mielikki is the mother of nyyrikki a female wind spirit and tuulikki, god of cattle and the hunt. The word is possibly derived from the compound maanala, the space or area under the earth. Finnish mythology myth encyclopedia god, story, tree. This article related to finnish paganism or mythology is a stub. Mielikki bear goddess finnish mythology art poster. Shadowfax is the steed of gandalf the wizard in tolkiens the lord of the rings. The wide lakes and dense forests of finland have always had a strong fascination and mysticism to those who live there and have inspired many mythological creatures and figures. This list is frequently updated we are constantly discovering more. She is closely connected to the birth of bear myth as well. Along with ahti, she dwells in the undersea palace of ahtola. Tapio and his wife mielikki are the god and goddess of the forest, who.
Our holy database currently contains 105 finnish deity names and 50 unique articles. Pinterest norse goddess celtic mythology brighid goddess goddess art norse vikings asatru illustration gods and goddesses archetypes. Finnish mythical creatures still lurk thisisfinland. Ancient chants still used among the finns call upon the spirits of nature for help. Mar 28, 2010 in finnish mythology, vellamo is the goddess of the sea, the wife of ahti. She is associated with the woods and with wildlife, just as artemis and ildiko, but her main attribute is her healing abilities. Mielikki, mielutar or mieluutar is the wife of tapio and the mistress of forest. Pane kulta kulkemahan, hopea vaeltamahan miehen etsivan etehen, anelijan askelille. This book contains both an examination of and an anthology of finnish folklore from the nineteenth century to the present. She is associated with the woods and with wildlife, just as artemis and ildiko, but. It has many features shared with estonian and other finnic mythologies, but also shares some similarities with neighbouring baltic, slavic and, to a lesser extent, norse.
List of finnish deities and nature spirits niina niskanen. In this lesson you will learn about finnish mythology and some of the god and goddesses the finns revered. Most of the myths date from prechristian times and were passed from. Gaiman somehow manages to faithfully recreate these ancient tales while weaving the various narratives into. Goddess of the forest, bears, luck, abundance, hunting and healing. Because it was an oral tradition, there was no definitive guide, book, or list of the. Mielikki the finnish goddess of nature finnish mythology. Mielikkis husband is a finnish forest god named, tapio. Here are ten of your favourite finnish books, as selected by thisisfinland readers.
We asked fans to vote for their favourite finnish book. Finnish religious leaders were usually called shamans. Do we sell mielikki graphic novels, books, video or roleplaying games rpg. Godcheckers az names list of finnish gods and spirits. The principal god was the god of thunder and the sky, ukko. Vainamoinen m finnish mythology derived from finnish vaina meaning wide and slowflowing river.
Like most civilizations, they had a story for how the earth was created, and they believed. Please turn your device to landscape orientation for better view of statistics tables and graphs. Salakirjat finnish pagan books a religious tolerance. Religion has always been the mirror of a society, and the finnish ancient religion perfectly reflects the needs and the daily life of such a magic people. In finnish mythology loviatar, also known as louhi, was a goddess of death and plague.
Mielikki nordic names wiki name origin, meaning and. American gods, highlighted below, but in his new book, hes not simply picking apart old myths and using the parts to build new storieshes actually recasting them and retelling them with a modern approach. Mielikki is goddess of nature, hunting, forest protection and animals in finnish mythology. It was believed that when akka woke up on matopaiva after her long winter sleep, snakes and worms rose from the dark soil and started dancing in her honor. Norse mythology, by neil gaiman gaimans no stranger to norse gods see. Heart of mielikki online course on finnish mythology youtube. The norse gods are only part of the story in gaimans brilliantly imagined universe, in which belief manifests the gods and then imbues them with power that dissipates when the world moves on to new godsleaving the norse gods waning and weak, while new american deities like the. In finnish mythology, tuulikki little wind is a daughter of tapio and mielikki. In finnish mythology nakki is shapeshifting water spirit who usually appears in human form, that resides in murky pools, wells, docks, piers and under bridges that cross rivers. Pagan mythology, shamanism, and magic from finland, lapland, estonia, latvia, and lithuania olcott, frances jenkins on. Mielikki had three other children that were forest spirits named, annikki, tellervo and tuutikki. The power of the spoken word also has a special place in finnish mythology and culture so theres plenty of good finnish authors out there, both. Finnish gods and goddesses pantheons the white goddess.
This panda bear ring is carved in 18 karat yellow gold. In finnish mythology, akka is the embodiment of the earth and her sacred tree is the rowan. In the old days, many of these potentially dangerous creatures were very useful to parents of overactive children. Mielikki, finnish goddess of forest, hunt, healing and nature subtitles available in finnish and in english tekstitykset saatavilla suomeksi ja englanniksi share, like, subscribe o you guys are. Jan 25, 2017 american gods, by neil gaiman gaimans classic novel is coming to television this year, and color us excited. The shamans did magick, conjuration, incantations and spells to control men, animals, divine or demonic entities and inanimate beings. Jul 18, 2016 via 189 mielikki, mistress of the forest. The name is derived from the verb velloa, to rock oneself. It is also called tuonela, the realm of tuoni, and pohjola, derived from the word pohja, meaning bottom and also north. First you will learn how the finns viewed their gods, and then how we came to know about.
They are principally known for pulling young children into the depths, if they lean over bridge railings, docks or. Feb 08, 2006 finns are an intellectual, arty bunch. The concise list can be found on our pantheon page of finnish gods and spirits. In finnish mythology vellamo is goddess of water, seas and fishing. There also exists asteroid 2715 mielikki mielikki is the finnish goddess of forests and the hunt. Mano mythology mari native religion mastorava menninkainen metsanpeitto mielikki mirsusnehum mordvin native religion noaidi numtorum nyyrikki nakki otso pajonn peijaiset peko perkele piru spirit pohjola postajanktiki radienattje radienpardne raedieahkka rana niejta rauni deity ravgga ruohtta sami shamanism sampo sampsa. Finns have been telling each other stories of their gods and guardians for centuries.
She could turn herself into a bear or any other animal. Mythology books world mythology greek mythology russian mythology fantasy literature norse vikings gods and goddesses. He was the father of annikki, tellervo, nyyrikki the god of hunting, and tuulikki. I do think there are at least few of those translated into english, although they might be hard to find. Ilmatar was viewed as a creator goddess while mielikki was called mistress of the forest. Actually it was mielikki the hunters addressed their prayers to when they left for hunting the daily food like hares, birds or fur animals like squirrel etc. Mielikki is the finnish goddess of forests and the hunt. She is referred to in various tales as either the wife or the daughterinlaw of tapio, and the mother of nyyrikki and tuulikki. Kalevala, kalma, kauko, kaukomieli, kipu tytto, kiputytto, kiputytto.
These are some of the most amazing creatures of the forests and waters in finnish mythology to keep an eye out for. Hunters prayed to her before their hunt, asking for her blessings to find their prey. Tapiola and mehtola are mythical names of the forest. She guards the forests from harmful intruders and metes out game as she sees fit. Discover the strange mystical creatures from mythology lurking in finlands lakes and forests. Mielikki, the lady of the forest, was the wife of tapio and as such the lady of the forest, the lady of tapiola or the lady of mehtola. The concise list can be found on our pantheon page of finnish gods and spirits this list is frequently updated we are constantly discovering more. In the kalevala, mielikki is a forest goddess and the wife of tapio. Mielikki, the forest mistress, fair of figure, clearskinned matron. She was also known by the name metsanema mother of the forest.
The kalevala by elias lonnrot, il figlio del dio del tuono by arto paasilinna, pakanuuden aikakausi by julius krohn. Most of the myths date from prechristian times and were passed from generation to generation by storytellers. Weobley is a blackandwhite village in herefordshire. She was becoming bored of being alone in the void of emptiness, so she let herself fall into the primal ocean where she floated aimlessly. She is a skillful healer who heals the paws of animals who have escaped traps, helps chicks that have fallen from their nests and treats the wounds of wood grouses after their mating displays. As for books, samuli paulaharju has several good ones that are separated by location, and as such it is fairly easy to see which are karelian, finnish, or other places mythology and beliefs. Some of them are good natured, but others are best avoided at all costs. Finnish hunters used to pray to mielikki for all types of game. The finnish underworld and related concepts among other finnougric peoples, such as the yabmeaimo of the sami. In finnish mythology mielikki is the goddess of the forest, hunt, wilderness, wild animals and healing.
In the beginning, there was only the goddess luonnotar, whose name means daughter of nature. I am sure that at one point, the peoples of sweden and norway also shared the same mythos, but it seemed to have become usurped by the germanic mythos. Manala, in finnish mythology, the realm of the dead. Mielikki in 2020 mythology, gods, goddesses, deities. For the fictional forgotten realms goddess, please see mielikki forgotten realms. Sep 17, 2016 mielikki, finnish goddess of forest, hunt, healing and nature subtitles available in finnish and in english tekstitykset saatavilla suomeksi ja englanniksi share, like, subscribe o you guys are. In a country where the forest was central to providing food through hunting, gathering and cattle grazing, it was thought very important to stay on her good side.
The finnish equivalent of a goblin or leprechaun bears an almost uncanny resemblance to tolkiens hobbits fitting as tolkien was highly inspired by finnish mythology. The finnougric races honored acestors, worshpped a variety of spirits and believed firmly in magick and sorcery. It has many features shared with estonian and other finnic mythologies, but also shares some similarities with neighbouring baltic, slavic and, to a lesser extent, norse mythologies. Jun 11, 2018 check out my course on finnish mythology and folklore o you can now get swimwear with my paintings and designs printed on them from my store o i shall take myself and my sketch books now to the beacchhhh may 05, 2010 wonder tales from baltic wizards. Mielikki is the finnish goddess of forests and the hunt 0 rating rating ratings. Pagan mythology, shamanism, and magic from finland, lapland, estonia, latvia. She is a skillful healer who heals the paws of animals who have escaped traps, helps chicks that have fallen from their nests and treats the wounds of. Finnish mythology, like that of many other cultures, tells the stories of gods and legendary heroes. They are short, humanoid creatures who wear pointed hats, live underground, enjoy dancing and riddles, and seek out shiny treasure. Finnish mythology and folk tales include countless amount of. Finnish bear goddess above all, mielikki is a healing goddess of finland. Based around the concept of the world tree, which is cut down by hero of the kalevala vainamoinen, the finnish world view and mythology was of a old, shamanic tradition, fairly removed from what became the norse myth cycle, and far older.
Check out my course on finnish mythology and folklore o you can now get swimwear with my paintings and designs printed on them from my storeo i shall take myself and my sketch books now to the beacchhhh wizards. For official godchecker merch please visit our god shop where a wide range of items are available to buy. Godchecker guide to mielikki also known as melikki, the finnish goddess of nature from finnish mythology. In finnish mythology, vellamo is the goddess of the sea, the wife of ahti. The finns active cultural life is especially evidenced by. Finnish kids today are still familiar with the sanitised versions of such characters featured in modern childrens books and tv programmes. This hiisi is so infamous that the finnish translations of tolkiens books. Her symbols are snakes and worms, and she was celebrated during matopaiva the spring equinox.
Puhdistus by sofi oksanen, the year of the hare by arto paasilinna, memory of water by emmi itaranta, moominland midwin. Jan 24, 2003 obviously the finnish mythology has much more in common with the russians and the other baltic countries, particularly estonia. Only the highest grade of sorcerer was allowed to use a drum and raise spirits. Finnish mythology is a commonly applied description of the folklore of finnish paganism, of which a modern revival is practiced by a small percentage of the finnish people.
Finnish paganism was the indigenous pagan religion in finland, estonia, and karelia prior to christianisation. To purchase such goodies we suggest you try amazon, ebay or other reputable online stores. Nov 08, 2017 mielikkis husband is a finnish forest god named, tapio. Discover with us the magic belief of ancient finns. In finnish mythology, mielikki is the goddess of forests and the hunt. Mielikki finnish mythology finnish goddess of the forest. One of the most beloved deities in finnish pantheon was mielikki.
According to the legend mielikki traveled to the constellation of ursa major and brought ingredients to the earth and created the bear. Mielikki is the finnish goddess of the hunt and the faerie folk, protectress of all that lives and walks within the forests. Our alphabetical list of finnish gods and goddesses names. In finnish mythology vainamoinen was a wise old magician, the son of the primal goddess ilmatar. Mielikki goddess of hunt, forest, bears, luck, healing and abundance. Based on original artwork by artist and illustrator niina niskanen.361 1497 609 83 224 167 226 447 517 1204 1449 1066 435 239 57 1447 1174 20 167 387 903 557 1077 590 1438 1366 722 399 262 1453 1226 1024 318 165 1228 575 234 1023