Finnish neopaganism

Finnish neopaganism is based on a Baltic-Finnish mythology that has been evolving for hundreds of years. It’s a polytheistic religion and the key things in this religion are nature, Finnish gods and goddesses and the ways of our forefathers.

Important places for Finnish naopaganism are old sacred places in nature; there are many sacred places that are hundreds of years old, for example groves, springs and stone huddles. Finnish neopaganism has many traditional feasts such as spring feast, kekri (feast of the harvest’s ending) and bear day – worshipping bears has always been a big part of Finnish culture.

Spirits of the deceased, gods/goddesses and Haltijas (an elf-like creatures in Finnish mythology that guards, helps or protects someone or some place) are strongly a part of Finnish neopaganism as is belief in that everything has a soul – no matter if it’s a stone, a star or an animal. According to Finnish neopaganism, life doesn’t ever end – after the death of the body, the soul moves to Underworld where it keeps living it’s life.

Main gods and goddesses of Finnish neopaganism are Väinämöinen (god of water, healer and a sage), Ukko (god of sky and thunder), Louhi (mistress of the North) and Ahti (god of water, leader of the Väki (folk) of water). There’s also a lot of different kinds of beings such as Haltija of Sauna (an elf-like creature that protects the Sauna) andHaltija of the Home (an elf-like creature that protects the home of someone).

In Finnish culture and in Finnish neopaganism theres a strong influence of poem verse mythology, spells and of course the national epic The Kalevala.

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