By Anna-Leena Siikala (editor)
The new fascination in Finnish folklore reports with renowned inspiration and the values and feelings encoded in oral culture all started with the realisation that the significant collections of the Finnish folklore documents nonetheless have a lot to supply the modern day researcher. those archive fabrics weren't in simple terms gathered by way of students, but in addition by means of the standard rural population drawn to their very own traditions, through performers and their audiences. This number of articles works from the premises that the cultural versions which form mentalities provide upward push to happen expression of tradition, together with folklore. those versions additionally develop into embedded within the representations showing in folklore, and are passed down from one new release to the following. the themes of this booklet conceal age-old myths and international perspectives, options of witchcraft and the satan stretching again to the center a while, and the values and collective feelings of Finnish and Hungarian agrarian groups.