Physical training would be a kind of ritual in terms of being extraordinary desired for self-discipline. It can be understood that motivations for the training is so dominated by strong willpower that it could look like a religious faith because that needs to bother to force oneself into a harsh condition.
There is Sisu of which concept is a clue to understand Finns mentality. Personally, I think an aesthetic for awakening of physical ability to which the power of Sisu refers can be realized at hard physical training. The mental state there would be introspective and stoic like seeking for perfection. Therefore it seemed to me likely that a harmony of the atheistic belief of Sisu and the religiosity of the training could show how a ritual performed in a true sense should be in this era.
An issue symbolized by being of Karhunpeijaiset today is to neglect the universal worship of nature. In the feeling of reality at facing the harshness of nature and forcing ourself into it with pleasure, we might be able to realize that and voluntarily to relate us with the natural environment. To train to fully feel the sense of the harshness of nature can play a modern role of ritual for that.
Lapuan Karhunpeijaiset, 45 x 30 cm, aclylic