Syöjätär, the Devouress

Syojatar_kaarmeetImages by Tero Porthan, text by Tiina Porthan

Syöjätär, the Devouress, is a creature living in the water.

She gives birth to snakes by spitting in the water.

From her spit were born the snake, the frog, the lizard and Kuolatar, mother of wolves. She has breast-fed Pakkanen, the Frost, into a powerful force from the North.

Suoyatar once let her spittle
Fall upon the waves of ocean;
This was rocked by winds and waters,
Shaken by the ocean-currents,
Six years rocked upon the billows,
Rocked in water seven summers,
On the blue-back of the ocean,
On the billows high as heaven;
Lengthwise did the billows draw it,
And the sunshine gave it softness,
To the shore the billows washed it,
On the coast the waters left it.
Kalevala

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