Kalevala: Museum of Ethnography


A new exhibition has come to the Museum of Etnhography, and it is entitled: The Kalevala through the Eyes of Hungarian Artists. This exhibition can be seen between February 27 and May 9th, 2010.

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About Kalevala: (source: Wikipedia)
The Kalevala is a book and epic poem which Elias Lönnrot compiled from Finnish and Karelian folklore  in the nineteenth century. It is held to be the national epic of Finland and is traditionally thought of as one of the most significant works of Finnish literature. Karelian citizens and other Balto-Finnic speakers also value the work. The Kalevala is credited with some of the inspiration for the national awakening that ultimately led to Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917.

The name can be interpreted as the “lands of Kaleva”. The epic consists of 22,795 verses, divided into fifty cantos or “chapters” (Finnish runo).

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