Fatalistic traits in Finnish proverbs

  • Matti Kuusi
Keywords: Fate and fatalism, Finland, Finnish language, Language and religion, Finno-Ugrians, Finno-Ugric languages, Linguistics


In this paper the author examines proverbs in Finnish language. For example, the verb luoda, which in modern Finnish has the basic meaning 'to create' with a strong Christian colouring, was obviously used earlier to express fatalistic ideas. Its primary meaning appears, for instance, in a laconic pro-verb from Perniö (in south-western Finland): Tam lua, literally "The oak creates", which is given the following explanation: It is the weather in January [tammikuu, month of oak] that in some way predetermines what the spring and the summer will be like.
How to Cite
Kuusi, M. (1967). Fatalistic traits in Finnish proverbs. Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis, 2, 89-96. https://doi.org/10.30674/scripta.67009