VALO | LIGHT
VALO | LIGHT is my thesis work for Kymenlaakso Folk High School in 2021. Inspired by Finno-Ugric myths and folklore about the sun, this illustrated story is written in Finnish in the traditional Baltic-Finnic tetrameter.
The sun is lost and the world faces eternal winter and destruction. Only Kajo, a small spirit born during a solar eclipse, might travel to the dreaded Underworld and seek the light. But will this perilous journey end in darkness?
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So lived their days, Kajo in a familiar forest. Surrounded by friends, loved by loved ones. Joyfully marched time, freely flowed the years. Balance returned, forever come peace.
Names, beings, places
Kajo - name means twilight, gleam
Päivätär - goddess of the sun
Kuutar - goddess of the moon
Alinen, Tuonela, Manala - Underworld, land of the dead
Tuoni - god of death, ruler of the Underworld