Kalma’s Manor of the Dead

Didst thou come from Kalma’s kingdom,
From the castles of the death-land?
Haste thou back to thine own country,
To the Kalma-halls and castles,
To the fields with envy swollen,
Where contending armies perish.

Kalman kartanot means literally the mansions or manors of Kalma (the corpse or the dead). Kalma’s  mansions are graveyards, underground chambers where the corpses of the dead continue almost a normal life. They are also called Kalma’s chambers, mansions of the lost.

Kalma’s mansion is depicted in the spells as a beautiful, good place. Diseases are banished there to enjoy the high homes, beautiful mansions, lovely residences.

If from Kalma’s chambers’ thou art come,
from the ‘huts of the spectral host’ (manalaiset),
from raspberry-covered heaps of stones,
from the border of a ‘holy field,’
just make endeavours to go home to ‘Kalma’s heath,’
to the mouldering heaps of soil,
to earth that often must be moved,
into which a people has fallen prone,
a mighty crowd has quietly sunk,
where families are enclosed,
a deadman’s heirs are hidden away.
It is good for thee to live,
pleasant for thee to pass the time
in a ‘house of fir,’ in a ‘pinewood nest’;
like a golden cuckoo thou wilt sing,
like a silver turtle-dove,
in thy lofty home, in thy lovely house.
Magic Songs of the Finns



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