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In Finnish ethnic religion, bears are a sacred animal, and a ritual for worshipping bears, named “Karhunpeijaiset”, was practised whenever a bear was killed (simply died) and eaten. It is a ceremony like Peijaiset, which traditionally referred to burials after a successful elk hunt, to restore the soul of eaten animals to their former living place.
Today the practice of Karhunpeijaiset hardly carried out due to changes in lifestyle. Continuing it as a cultural tradition has also become challenging to justify the value of the act, as the dimension of reverence linked to faith has shifted. On the other hand, even without religious devotion, the role of rituals can be fulfilled through formal experiences. However, the awe that was once associated with these rituals has generally been replaced by a moral perspective celebrating the "flow of time" preserved in contemporary traditional events. It remains uncertain whether these rituals will be genuinely recreated in the future.
In this project, the disappearance of cultural identity associated with religious rituals is considered a loss, and it explores acts resembling contemporary rituals based on universal thoughts found in regionalism, nature, and time.


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