Maiden\'s Death Song & The Great Wedding

Maiden\'s Death Song & The Great Wedding

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Honko, Lauri in collaboration with Anneli Honko & Paul Hagu
The Maiden's Death Song & The Great Wedding. Anne Vabarna's Oral Twin Epic written down by A. O. Väisänen
Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
FF Communications 281
Vammala 2003, 529 pp.


For centuries, the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea have nourished poetic cultures developing oral epic traditions that mostly survived in lays of a few hundred lines but that eventually gave rise to much longer traditional epics. The Maiden\'s Death Song & The Great Wedding is a manifestation of a long epic format rare in Baltic-Finnish folk poetry and of two alternative storylines. It is also a masterpiece that serves as a reminder of the poetry of a gifted minority culture that tends to be forgotten.

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ISBN 951-41-0903-1
ISSN 0014-5815