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hõimuklubi 22.03

Faith, hope and despair – the written epics of Finno-Ugric peoples

Folklorist Madis Arukask gives an insight into the diverse world of Finno-Ugric epics.

Fenno-Ugria organizes

At least a dozen Finno-Ugric peoples have their own written epic, or even several. This tradition was started by the Finnish-Karelian ‘Kalevala’, published in 1835, but several Finno-Ugric epics have been written much more recently, and it is likely that more will be written.  The genesis and background of Finno-Ugric epics are quite different, related to the history of the people, social developments and existential perspectives. 

Institute of the Estonian Language, Tallinn