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.
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I was singing a tale to the children, and he said: "If you will not stop singing the tales, you may earn your living that way". I was glad about his nice words, and I did not stop performing the tales. Then my songs were published in the form of books: Ocy-Pala and Maaday-Kara. Somehow I felt that I became a sort of useful man for the people. Mira Tolbina: As for the forty-two songs, is it so that all of them have not been written down, nor recorded? G. Kalkin : Not all of them. Among those not recorded it would be necessary to write down Temene-Koo, Talay-Kaan, Karaty-Kaan, Kaan Altyn, Ejen-Boodo Kaan.
8 Nevertheless, the layers of influence are many. For the most part, Altaic epic imagery derives from Siberian shamanistic traditions and hunting culture. 9 Buryat epic poetry has al so more archaic mythical features than that of the Khalkhas and Oirats . In light of these, it should be mentioned that the longest versions of Yakut epics olonkho comprise 1 0,000 to 1 5 ,000 lines. A. Oj unskij , a collation of 37,000 lines. 1 0 The descriptions of herds of cattle and horses to symbolize the wealth of the heroes belong to a later layer of Altai (and Mongolian) heroic poetry.
Fol l owing these developments comes the work of others : Johannes Honterus, a Saxonian scholar from Transylvania, who first compiled Rudi menta Cosmographica ( 1 532, printed in 1 54 1 , in B asle ), the German carto grapher Petrus Apianus and his Images Syderum Coelestium (lngolstadt 1 5 36), followed by his chief work Astronomicum Caesareum (lngolstadt 1 540) ; the Italian, Alessandro Piccolomini with his De Ia Sfero del Mondo e Delle Stelle Fisse (first published in 1 540 with many subsequent reprints and French editions) .
Myth And Mentality: Studies In Folklore And Popular Thought (Studia Fennica Folkloristica) by Anna-Leena Siikala (editor)