Thursday, October 29, 2015

Names and symbols in the Finnish culture

The Finnish symbols include flags, heraldics, the Finnish maiden and the Finnish wild nature. Names are not considered symbols and there is a strong agreement that names should not be followed and not be paid attention to, "A name does not make a man worse, if the man ('s behaviour, lack of moral) does not make the name (reputation) worse.". The capital was chosen and named by the king of Sweden some 200 years ago. Before that Turku was the capital.
The flag of Finland has a blue cross on white background. Blue symbolizes rationality, in practise common sense with a picture of the whole and civilized views. White symbolizes moral, in practise the rule "Live and let others live!" and civilized wise behaviour & carrying responsibility. The cross comes from Christianity. These are considered national values to be respected in Finland by all.
The heraldic symbol of a lion is taken to mean something like liveliness, vigour, wisdom of life, strenght, superior skill, courage with healthy mind and spirit and not exactly lions.
Finland's map looks like a maiden, so the symbol Finnish maiden which is considered wise and with wisdom of life, feeling too.
The nature as symbols kind of cures symbols and national values to more healthy, common sense like, natural, modest yet good quality, able to endure in the Finnish climate.

(My last name is Tervola, of which I was told as a kid that it is the best last name in Finland. It gives the easy association "health sings", so maybe that was the goal in choosing the name Helsinki, Healthsing, (about Finnish wisdom about health see in this blog, but Finns did not know many foreign languages and English wasn't so widely used at those times.)
In Finnish language the name of Finland is Suomi, which gives as an easy association "mi suo" which means "That which gives by giving the possibility to something" meaning something like "the country giving like the nature gives better possibilities for life".

13.3.2018   Some foreigners have the nasty habit of guessing at the meanings and associations of Finnish words by finding words with similar letters, but that is not how Finnish words and associations between words are born. Finnish words build uon the phonetical meanings of letters and upon an honest wise landscape like view of the thing in question. Like for example in the Finnish word for peace "rauha": r is conflict like situation and taking distance, maybe dividing the situation into parts, a is according to the traditional culture, u is non-conceptualized wider environment & wider view, more profound, h is easy and ha is the sound of laughter, things well.

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