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Temple of Lemminkäinen

11 May


The mythical temple of Lemminkäinen is a stone structure, perhaps natural in formation or with some assistance by the hands of man. It was believed by Ior Bock and others to be a site of ancient worship to the Finnic god Lemminkäinen. Located about 30 km east of Helsinki in Sipoo, the stone formation can today be viewed as a cave often too filled with water to physically enter.

Lemminkäinen is thought to originally have been a god comparable to the norse/Scandinavian Baldur. A god of fair face, much loved yet also sacrificed and reborn through the affections of his mother. The Kalevala, the epic “rune” poem gathered by the Finnish scholar Elias Lönnrot and published in 1835, features Lemminkäinen as a sort of composite figure. He is not a pure “god”, rather depicted more as a war hero and wanderer. Due to the Christian nature of the time period in which the Kalevala was written and also due to the fact that Finnic mythology was written down in text even less than the Scandinavian and relied heavily on oral tradition through the ages, much of the original meaning and “heathen”/ pre-Christian symbolism is dilluted or lost.

The infamous Swedish-Finnish Ior Bock attempted to re-kindle the pre-Christian pagan spirit of Finland in his own eccentric way. He claimed his family was the bearer of an ancient pagan oral tradition, entrusted to him to bring to public attention by his mother as she was dying.  He directly linked together the myths and spiritual beliefs of Scandinavia and Finland; that the norse gods had equivalents in their Finnish counterparts. For example, he directly claimed Baldur as the equivalent of Lemminkäinen. The Finnic Ukko and the norse Thor/Tor (German: Donner) are also similar archetypes in their hammer bearing, sky dominion attributes.

The Bock saga claimed excavations of the stone structure on the property of Ior Bock held heathen artifacts as well as proof of the saga itself. Work undertaken did revel a very large cave with a chamber, but the project collapsed under the weight of financial trouble before digging revealed anything that confirmed beyond a doubt, unfortunately.

Other locations around Finland were claimed by Bock to also contain artifacts and were of historical significance to a pagan past. The government and archaeological groups refused to undertake any examinations and so the mystery persists unconfirmed.

Perhaps most compelling of Bock’s tellings was the notion that Finland and the surroundings were in fact the cradle of civilization. Findings recently prove that the Arctic region was inhabited long before the pre-conceived assumption of 10,000 years. The Artic region in fact has revealed evidence of having been inhabited for up to 45,000 years.

One doesn’t need to believe in everything that Bock and his followers had to tell or thought to be the truth to feel fascination awaken at the notion of exploring what Northern Europe’s ancestors were really made of. The world has undergone much change and to think that everything is as those who write history (the victors) would have us believe is naive at best. Any leads, any quick peeks into what was or might have been can be fruitful to simply meditate on, consider, and undertake travels and research to come closer to the heart of it all. Healthy skepticism is a valuable tool, a hearty imagination can also bring us close to the truth. Together, these elements of the human mind and spirit can take us tot he heart of things.

Much mystery still enshrouds Europe’s heathen history, and current trends lead people away from kindling interest in what remains to be seen beyond the veil of time. Still, many are sparked by what is beyond the accepted history books, beyond the direction of soulless consumerism and interest persists in those who came before.