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.

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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