Pain Girl

In the River of Tuonela Deathland, at the crossroads of three rivers, is located the Mountain of Pain (Kipuvuori), on the top of which lays the Rock of Pain (Kipukivi) with nine holes in it, the middle one leading deep into the Mountain of Pain.

On the top of the Mountain, Pain Girl (Kiputyttö or Kivutar) gathers pains that mages have banished from sick people and sent them to the Mountain. Pain Girl collects them with her ustensils, crushes them, boils them in her kettle and pours the pains into the middle hole in the Pain Rock, from where they fall into the depths of the Pain Mountain. The snake inside the rock eats some of the pains. Pains can also be attached to the trees growing on the Mountain.

Pain Girl can also put the pains into small iron boxes and throw them into the River of Death.

If there are no pains in sight, Pain Girl suffers from pains herself. Holding her heart and belly, twisting her hands, scratching her chest, she cries for pains. When she receives the banished pains, she takes them in her arms and holds them against her chest before handing them over to the Rock of Pains.

A kettle is owned by Kivutar,
the daughter of Väinö has a pot
in which she boils up pains
in the middle of the Hill of Pain (Kipumäki),
on the summit of Mount Suffering (Kipuvaara).
At the hill’s centre stands a thorp,
in the middle of the thorp a field,
in the middle of the field a spring,
in the middle of the spring a stone
with nine holes in it,
bored with a borer,
with an auger drilled.
The centre hole is nine fathoms deep
and into it the pains are flung,
the dreadful sufferings are thrust,
the dangerous wounds are cast by force,
the calamities are pressed,
so that by night they cannot act,
so that by day they can’t escape.
Magic Songs of the Finns


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