By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The Republic of Karelia is a region in northwest Russia, bordering Finland. Beside Lake Onega, capital city Petrozavodsk is home to cultural artifacts at the National Museum. On an island northeast, Kizhi Museum is an open-air complex of traditional wood buildings. Northwest, Kivach Nature Reserve has pine woods and a waterfall. West of Petrozavodsk, blue-domed Valaam Monastery is on an island in massive Lake Ladoga.
Various folk shamanic tradition practices are called Folk Healing, like the Grandmothers in this video below (in other traditions its called medicine woman). The Slavs, Balkans and Northern regions like the Karelians pretty much have the same basic rituals for healing. The feet are important because they are both where the greatest amount of our detoxing of sickness releases and our root on the earth and grounds our body to the earth. The folk singing (chanting, spells its called in some traditions) are the direction in which the healing “intent” of the energy is given as a direction.
Song, movement, specific parts of the body, water and fire rituals, all work together as the root foundation, be that medicine chanted or spoken into sacred clothing through embroidery, or the folk healer (who whisperers) a directional energy, or our relationship to the spirit (benevolent energies) of earth to work with the healer (in shamanic way), which is closest to our body and soul of the sick.
The Karelians are a nation that belongs to Baltic-Finnic ethnic group that are currently living in Finland and Russia. In Russia Karelians mostly settle in the Republic of Karelia and in other north-western parts of the Russian Federation. There are also significant Karelian enclaves in the Tver and Novgorod regions of Russia, as some Karelians migrated after 1656 because of war.
In Finland they traditionally settle in the regions of Savonia and Northern and Southern Karelia. The historic homeland of the Karelians has been the Karelian Isthmus, Ladoga Karelia, Olonets Karelia in Russia and the provinces of Northern and Southern Karelia and Savonia in Finland. Many became refuges from German Occupation (of ww2) and their numbers are very small today.
Photograph of Marppa Martiskainen embroidering a ritual towel, käspaikka, in Ilomantsi, Karelia which is very similar to Russian or Slavic Embroidery of the Goddess Makosh.
Ancient Karelian jewelry – In the ancient Karelian-Finnish epic Kalevala women’s ornaments and jewelry are mentioned, among them the standard pagan golden rings, many bracelets for the wrists, the headdresses, earrings and pearl necklaces. A lot of factual material is collected in the book of the archaeologist SI Kochkurkina “The Peoples of Karelia”.
Only a korele, residing on the Karelian Isthmus, is characterized by silver or copper ornaments of “schnerie”, which served to attach to the hair of a kerchief. Characterized by convex brooches for fastening the collar of the shirt. The fasteners came here from Sweden, from the island of Gotland, where they, apparently, were produced and meet in an earlier period.
The brooches (fasteners) were large, horseshoe-shaped with a vegetable pattern, in the literature such brooches were called Karelian. Another characteristic ornament is silver and copper chain holders.
Sumy Posad – one of the most ancient Pomeranian villages in Karelia. The Russian round-dance song “Oh, as on the River” sounds. Video by Ivan Zemlyakov:
Photo: Akseli Gallen-Kallela (Finnish, 1865-1931) – Karelian Mother