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Final Boss Form — faeralyn: Metsänpeitto is a phenomenon found in...
"Metsänpeitto is a phenomenon found in Finnish folklore. It was used to describe people or domestic animals who went missing in nature for unexplained reasons.

People “covered by forest” were described as not being able to recognize the terrain around them, even if they were on familiar grounds. In other cases they might have walked endlessly through unfamiliar terrain, or were rendered completely paralyzed, unable to move or speak. Unnatural silence devoid of the sounds of nature was also common.

People or animals under the influence of the phenomenon were described as becoming either completely invisible to other people, or looking like part of the nature around them, like a rock. In one story a man had been looking for a missing cow for days. When he finally gave up and returned to his work, the first tree stump he struck with his axe transformed back into his cow.

The cause behind metsänpeitto was usually credited to maahinens, who were small humanoid creatures living underground (usually translated to English as “gnomes”). Some people managed to free themselves from metsänpeitto by their own means, for example by turning their jacket inside out, by switching their shoes to the wrong feet, or by looking between their own legs. This was because of the idea that everything was topsy-turvy in the lands of the maahinens. Some were released seemingly without reason, others only after being sought after by a shaman. Some were never seen again."
words  finnish  suomi  gnomes  invisibility  multipsecies  morethanhuman  nature  plants  animals  forests  rocks  missing  disappearance 
december 2017 by robertogreco
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november 2011 by robertogreco
Finns in Astoria, Oregon
"There were other organizations in Astoria involving Finns. There were the churches, the newspapers and the socialist club. The most unfortunate involved those members of the socialist club who had not found the totally classless society they had hoped to find in the new world. Members planned to set up a new community according to their own special design and decided that the most congenial place for this community would be a remote fishing village in northern Russia. It was anything but congenial. In the 1920's and 30s over fifty people left to fulfil their dream. It became a nightmare as they discovered the difficulties of working a beaurocracy that was not interested in their ideas of a new community. Disillusioned and defeated, some of the luckier ones returned to the U.S. Some simply disappeared in the night with Soviet soldiers never to be heard from again."
finland  astoria  oregon  history  russia  socialism  socialists  finnish 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Oregon History Project: Finnish Socialist Club Picnic, Astoria, 1922
"This photograph shows members of the Finnish Socialist Club picnicking in Astoria in 1922. The Finnish Socialist Club was one of Astoria’s most prominent ethnic organizations during the first decades of the twentieth century…

Finns tended to be more radical than other Scandinavian immigrants. Historian Paul George Hummasti notes that “while the Finns were one of the smaller immigrant groups in America, they were one of the largest (and at times the largest) ethnic groups in twentieth-century socialist parties of this country.” Astorian Finns formed the Finnish Socialist Club in November 1904. Although the leading members sought, as one expressed it, “to remove the yoke of wage slavery from the shoulders of the working class,” others were more interested in a social organization that could act as an alternative to the sometimes stifling atmosphere of the Finnish churches and temperance societies. The Finnish Socialist Club remained active until 1940."
finnish  finland  astoria  oregon  socialism  socialists  wageslavery  labor  radicals  radicalism  1922 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Why Finnish is cooler than English | Jacket Copy | Los Angeles Times
"I admit, I don't spend a lot of time comparing English to Finnish. Someone far more qualified than me has, tho -- that's Tero Ykspetäjä, a science-fiction fanzine editor and recent guest blogger at Jeff Vandermeer's Ecstatic Days. In addition to posting about about science fiction in Finland, he came up with the Top Five Reasons Finnish Is Cooler Than English...Finnish is more equal. We don’t have gender-specific personal pronouns, there’s just “hän” meaning both “he” and “she”...We have more letters than you do...Finnish is elegant and economic. You can say so much more with just one word...Finnish is clear and logical...There’s no future tense in the Finnish language."
language  finland  finnish  humor  words  grammar  english  comparison  gender  languages 
november 2008 by robertogreco

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