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Traditionally, Finns have talked about three ‘nest days’, which refer to the longest days of the midsummer (Juhannus) week, around the summer solstice. During this time the sun reaches its "nest", or highest annual point, after which the days will begin to shorten towards the winter. It was said that after the days the sun turns to the farm hand's (renki) side until Joulu, and then again back to the master’s side. The days when the sun was "standing still" had an impact on people’s lives, as one was not supposed to begin any new long-term work during these days.

It was believed that plants planted during the days might not grow well. On the other hand, these days were said to ideal for planting swedes, cabbages and tobacco. The reason for this was the midsummer dew that was considered to have powerful fertile qualities. It was said that "midsummer dew makes the swedes grow". Slash farming turnips were also planted in just before midsummer so that they would get their share of the dew. The field had to be burned in advance during week, so that the soil had to time to cool down.

The sun goddess of the ethnic Finnish religion, ‘Päivätär’, was a positive character that brought warmth and fertility. Päivätär was associated with the sun, south, birches, migratory birds and motherhood. Nevertheless, there are only a handful of folk prayers and poems that mention Päivätär. This is because she was replaced by the Virgin Mary in the folk religion in the Middle Ages. ‘Maaria’ enjoyed great popularity among the common people as a healer, helper and protector of motherhood for centuries.

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When a hunter arrives to his desired hunting grounds, he takes off his clothes and washes himself with the water from a little creek. After this, the hunter rubs down his hair with coniferous twigs and puts on clean, washed clothes. He closes his eyes and bows to all four directions, while reciting words that began:

“My mind desires
To enter the realm of the forest
To walk around the coniferous castle”

Before setting his traps the forest man circles himself three times with a burning tinder fungus. When the last trap is set, he carves silver into an anthill and recites:

“Mielikki, mistress of the forest
Forest’s flower, gold-breast
Come here to exchange golds
My gold is shinier
My silver shimmers
When I used to visit the forest
The lands of Tapio
During my hunting days
There were three castles in the woods”

Now the mistress of the forest is pleased with the man, and she will grant him bounty and protect his traps from evil powers.

Oral tradition from the 19th century Karelia

Photo: Alexander Savin @ Flickr / Creative Commons BY 2.0

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Thomas Annan (1829 -1887) was the son of a Fife farmer and flax spinner and lived for most of his life in Glasgow. After training and working as a copperplate engraver, he set up a photographic studio in Sauchiehall Street in 1857. Annan concentrated initially on architectural photography but th
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You can pre-order The Outer Sonics' cd "Violet" here:

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The Outer Sonicsin Violet on niitä levyjä, joita kuunnellessa ei räplätä puhelimia eikä tietokoneita tai mitä ikinä kuka tykkääkin räplätä. Se on niitä, joita kuunnellaan sohvalla selällään, kädet …
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Yay! #TheOuterSonics cd arrived today.

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