Kalma’s folk: the dead

Kalma’s folk means the dead living in graves. Finnish magicians have summoned the dead with spells to help them in difficult situations.

In the spells, the dead are portrayed either as corpses in decay, covered in mold, or as skeleton-like figures. They are often portrayed as a family.

When a wizard enters the graveyard, he or she greets the dead and then raises them from the graves.

Kalma’s folk is addressed with respect, even flattery, they are called good Kalma, beautiful Kalma, pure-blooded, white-blooded Kalma. The old man of Kalma is called golden hat, the lady of Kalma is called gold breast. 

 

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