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The Cosmic Egg in Finnish mythology In the Kalevala, the national epic poem of Finland, the poem begins with an introduction by the singers. The Earth is created from the shards of a duck egg and the first man (Väinämöinen) is born to Ilmatar, goddess of the air. Väinämöinen brings trees and life to the barren world. One egg's lower half transformed And became the earth below, And its upper half transmuted And became the sky above; From the yolk the sun was made…

The Finnish pavilion at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris. It was designed by the great Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. The painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela made the frescoes in the entrance hall (destroyed at the end of exposure and partly repainted in the 1920s in the lobby of the National Museum in Helsinki). The pavilion, designed in true Finnish art nouveau style, was a plea for Finland then under Russian rule. It raised awareness of the aspirations of the Finnish people to…

The Cosmic Egg in Finnish mythology, In the Kalevala, the national epic poem of Finland, the poem begins with an introduction by the singers. The Earth is created from the shards of a duck egg and the first man (Väinämöinen) is born to Ilmatar, goddess of the air. Väinämöinen brings trees and life to the barren world. One egg's lower half transformed And became the earth below, And its upper half transmuted And became the sky above; From the yolk the sun was made...

The earliest known mermaid legends come from Syria around 1000 B.C. where the Syrian Goddess Atargatis dove into a lake to take the form of a fish, but the powers there would not allow her give up her great beauty, so only her bottom half became a fish and she kept her top half in human form. As myths tend to do, the story changed over time and Atargatis became mixed with Syrian goddess Ashtarte, who is generally considered the counterpart to Greek mythology's Aphrodite.

Ilmatar and Sotka - The Air Maiden and the Goldeneye by Aarre Aaltonen. Ilmatar is a figure from the FInnish National Epos The Kalevala. Ilmatar was a goddess in heaven who got bored in her life above the clouds. So she came down on earth and landed on open sea. A bird, a Goldeneye, sat on her knee and laid an egg which became the earth. Ilmatar also gave birth to Väinämöinen, who is the greatest hero in the Finnish Mythology. The Statue is located at the Sibelius Park in Töölö.

The creation of the world according to Kalevala; At first there was only primal waters and sky. But sky also had a daughter named Ilmatar. A bird laid 6 golden and 1 iron eggs on Ilmatar's knee. As the bird incubated her eggs, the heat became too hot and the eggs fell and shattered. Land was formed from the lower part of one of the eggshells. The egg whites turned into the moon and stars and the yolk became the sun.

Yemaya means “Mother Whose Children are the Fish” to reflect the fact that her children are uncountable. She also rules over maternity in our lives as she is the Mother of All. She Who Gives Birth to All of Life, Yemaya is aligned with the power of creation flowing through all that is. In this aspect, she assists with remembering, reclaiming and activating our own innate creative power, realizing our true and natural ability to create and experience magnificence within our life.