The creation myth in Finnish mythology

The creation myth in Finnish mythology



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The creation myth in Finnish mythology according to the Kalevala, the book with the Finnish epic, begins when Ilmatar or Luonnotar, left the regions of the celestial vault and threw himself into the sea.

The east wind began to blow shaking the waves, at which point the sea fertilized her and while he was still floating, an eagle nestled on his knee depositing six golden eggs and one iron (according to another version he only laid one egg).

On the third day, Luonnótar feels a burning heat on his skin and, as he bent his knee, the eggs crashed into the waves.

The pieces of eggs They formed the Earth from its lower part, and the Sky from the upper part, while the Sun from its yellow pieces, the Moon from the white ones, and the stars and clouds from others.

After nine years, Luonnótar began to create things around him: it raises headlands, fish holes, deep chasms, flattens the earth or digs, creates gulfs and makes islands emerge.

It took 30 years for Luonnótar's son, Vainamoinen, was born.

East remained still many years submerged in the sea until finally he stopped at an unknown point from where he could contemplate the sun, the moon and the stars.

In this way, the myth of creation in Finnish mythology ends.

However, there is a myth of the Lapps that attributes the creation of man to a divine couple: Mader-Atcha and Mader Akka, creating the first the soul and his wife, the body.


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