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Finnish Creation Myth
Transcript of Finnish Creation Myth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_mythology (photo as well)
http://nordic-drifter.tumblr.com/post/15779907156/in-the-finnish-creation-myth-the-world-begins-as-a (photo as well)
The Creation of the Universe
(according to the Finnish)
The Finnish Creation Myth In other words
How it came to be
The Finnish creation myth states that the universe began as nothing but vast ocean and sky. on which floated the daughter of the sky (the god being Ukko) Ilmatar who is goddess of the air and is considered to be the one who brought about all of creation. For centuries the goddess floated by herself, lonely and longing for company until she and the sea fell in love and was impregnated by it.
Further Creation on Land
Ilmatar spent many more years drifting on the sea, admiring what had resulted from the eggs. She got to a point where she couldnt resist the want to keep creating, thus leading her to take to the land. It was said that every footprint she left became pools of water for fish and other creatures to enjoy. She later gave birth to her son, Vainamoinin who was said to have god like characteristics as well as knowledge and wisdon that was uncomparable. This was due to the fact that he had been in the womb for 730 years before being born.
Creation of the World
700 years after Ilmatar took to the sea from the sky, a waterfowl laid eggs on the knees of the goddess, 6 made of gold and one of iron. The bird incubated its eggs, but while doing so the heat burned Ilmatars knees thus causing her to jerk her legs. This movements caused the eggs to dislodge from their "nest" and fall and shatter in the water.It is unsure whether or not Ilmatar moved due to the heat of the egg and it exploded or whether it exploded of its own accord, but when it did from the two fragments of the egg there was the creation of the sun, moon, heaven, and earth.
Creation of the Earth from the Kalevala
One egg's lower half transformed
And became the earth below,
And its upper half transmuted
And became the sky above;
From the yolk the sun was made,
Light of day to shine upon us;
From the white the moon was formed,
Light of night to gleam above us;
All the colored brighter bits
Rose to be the stars of heaven
And the darker crumbs changed into
Clouds and cloudlets in the sky.
The Creation of the World & Universe
The Kalevala was written in the 19th century by a man named Elias Lönnrot. Before the Kalevala, most Finnish songs and lore of old was simply passed down through the generations orally. Lonnrot thought that over the centuries too many myths and stories were being lost and forgotten about and decided to compile all known legends into one book which he named the Kalevala. While doing this though, he kind of went back and changed some of the stories to his liking. The creation myth known today by the Finnish comes from the Kalevala mainly, but is still argued over.
On the left is the description of what occured once the eggs broke.