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Äijö was most likely Finnish supreme god once upon a time. He also was Estonian god of sleep.

  • Hijacked by Jesus: Possibly straightest example, he became associated with evil when Christianity arrived.
    • Crystal Dragon Jesus: As a result this is what he became Being associated with all kinds of monsters in different accounts and bearing different children in different accounts and runos. It doesnt help that he is associated with different things in different areas, such as sky in Finland, lightning and storm in Karelia and sleep in Estonia.
    • Everyone Hates Hades: He became conveniently for Christians associated with death via his connection to sleep.
  • I Have Many Names: Endless list of names, more like. In Estonia he is called Äiö, While in Karelia he also has other names, as he is known in all Baltic-Finnic mythologies. In southern Finland he is called Pitkänen in some accounts.


Tapio is a Finnish forest spirit or god, who figured prominently in the Kalevala. Hunters prayed to him before a hunt. His wife is the goddess of the forest, Mielikki. He was the father of Annikki, Tellervo, Nyyrikki (the god of hunting), and Tuulikki. Fitting the Green Man archetype, Tapio has a beard of lichen and eyebrows of moss.


Mielikki is the Finnish goddess of forests and the hunt. She is referred to in various tales as the wife of Tapio. She is said to have played a central role in the creation of the bear.


The name of Ahti is used of a god of the sea and of fishing, portrayed as a man with a handlebar moustache and beard of moss. He is the consort of Vellamo, and they dwell in the undersea palace of Ahtola.


In Finnish mythology, Vellamo is the goddess of the sea, the wife of Ahti. The name is derived from the verb velloa, "to rock oneself." She is sometimes described as "cold hearted". Along with Ahti, she dwells in the undersea palace of Ahtola. She is often pictured as a mermaid.


Kalma is Finnish Goddess of Death and Decay. She lives in Tuonela, the Finnish Underworld, and is accompanied by monster dog Surma.


She is a blind daughter of Tuoni, the god of death in Finnish mythology. She was said to be the worst of them all. She was impregnated by wind and gave birth to nine sons, the Nine diseases. In some poems, she also gives birth to a tenth child who is a girl.


In Finnish mythology, Tuoni was the god of the Tuonela (the Underworld).


Tuonetar in Finnish mythology, is the Queen of the Underworld.


Tuulikki (pronounced TOO-le-kee) is the Finnish Goddess of Forest Creatures, daughter of Mielikki and Tapio. Her name means "little wind", and she plays a role very similar to that of her mother. Both Tuulikki and Mielikki were asked to help hunters in finding game, and Tuulikki also protected breeding animals, ensuring a continued supply.


Nyyrikki is the Finnish god of the hunt, and son of Tapio. He has been tenuously associated with Nimrod.


Tellervo is the Finnish goddess of forests. She was the daughter of Tapio and looks after cattle.


Sometimes called Annikki, daughter of Tapio.


God of love.


Peko is an ancient Estonian and Finnish god of crops, especially barley and brewing.

     Mythical Creatures 


Luonnotar is female nature spirit in Finnish mythology, some Luonnotars are old women, but most are young and beautiful.


Haltija (haltia) is a spirit or creature in Finnish mythology, that guards, helps or protects something or somebody. Haltijas are the main and most common mythological creatures in Finnish mythology. There are lots of different haltijas. Nature has its own haltijas, for example the haltijas of water and haltijas of the forest. The graveyard has its own haltijas, Kalman väki, ("folk of death") The ancestor spirit association is also present with haltia. For long it was believed that the first person to set a fire in the stove of a newly built house would become its haltia after death, looking after and protecting its occupants. Later on these spirits became mixed with the Scandinavian tomte, and became invisible, gnome-like servants of the household with no history as deceased humans, similar to the house elves of Anglo-Saxon lore.

  • Elemental Powers: Everything has a spirit protector, haltija, also the elements.
  • Our Elves Are Different: Original description of haltija remainded of elves. Later on these spirits became mixed with the Scandinavian tomte, and became invisible, gnome-like servants of the household with no history as deceased humans, similar to the house elfs of Anglo-Saxon lore.
  • Our Spirits Are Different: There are lots of different types of haltijas.
  • The Ageless: Well they are spirits.
  • * Guardian Entity


Haltija spirit, the guardian spirit of person


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