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Väinämöinen made the first instrument

Kantele is a symbol for creativity and the power of art. Väinämöinen built the first instrument from the jawbone of a huge pike and later from birch wood. Its strings were a young girl's hairs. At the end of the epic Väinämöinen goes away, leaving his kantele behind for future generations.

Väinämöinen is one of Kalevala's heroes

Väinämöinen is the hero of many poems in the Finnish epic Kalevala. He is born as an old man of the goddess Ilmatar. He won many battles with mystical creatures such as Iku-Turso on his adventures.

Väinämöinen is one of Kalevala's heroes

Väinämöinen is the hero of many poems in the Finnish epic Kalevala. He is born as an old man of the goddess Ilmatar. He won many battles with mystical creatures such as Iku-Turso on his adventures.

In the end Väinämöinen leaves the lands of Kaleva

In the last poem of the Kalevala, the sage Väinämöinen gives a bad verdict. Embarrassed, he sails away from the lands of Kaleva. He leaves his kantele and songs to the people. A boy born to a virgin becomes the new ruler of the land. The story is thought to tell of the arrival of Christianity.