Monday, May 16, 2011

A Creepy Image From Finland

This is a painting called "Lemminkäinen's Mother" by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, and I found it over at Wikimedia. According to the description it portrays a scene from Kalevala, a Finnish epic poem:

The warrior Lemminkainen had been killed, his body hacked to pieces and thrown into the dark river that flows through the underworld, Tuonela. His mother, having collected the parts from the river and sewing them back together, looks up to see a single bee bringing back honey from the halls of the god Ukko, a wondrous ointment that would bring her son to life.

That sounds like one determined mom. And also -- I'll say it -- maybe a little mentally warped. Probably called the teacher at home demanding an explanation whenever Lemi got anything lower than a B in class. Took him shopping for all his clothes and asked "How's it feel in the crotch?" way, way too loudly. So the poor guy is dead, just chilling in the Underworld. Sure, it's a little boring. But he probably thinks he finally has a chance for some peace and quiet. I mean, he's been chopped up. No way you're coming back from that. Until...

3 comments:

  1. How can you criticize a devoted mother?

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  2. Mom, is that you? Quit criticizing my blog! I'm a 40 year-old man, and I can write what I want.

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  3. I hope you enjoy your personal freedom. I wouldn't know what that's like, having given myself over completely to motherhood.

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