The subject of this painting by Robert Wilhelm Ekman (1808-1873) is the beginning of the Kalevala, the birth of the world, and the Finnish goddess Ilmatar, mother of all.
The spellsong by the Swedish group Hedningarna is about the goddess Ilmatar who was impregnated by the sea and the wind and then gave birth to the world and the first man.
The translation of the poem has a fault; synti does not mean sin, but birth. So the text should be ‘ lift my birth from ground beneath me – and not lift my sin from ground beneath me…
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