“Karhunpeijaiset” is a ritual of Finnish ethnic religion for worshipping bears. It had been performed to restore the soul of a bear that simply died to his former living place by mounting its head on the top of a young tree (It was believed that souls resided in a part of head) - because Finns and Saami sanctified bears and considered them as the son of a god. However, due to the change of the times, its need has been being lost with the dignity of the bear worship today.
That can represent that our fear in daily life has moved to another level and thus we only could follow the formalities of our traditions from a moral point of view, or ignore them. For me, to have no interest in the future where we forget to pray to reflect on ourselves as the result of that and in the utilization of traditions that makes that situation worse is the next fears. In this project, I searched for what was things that would be naturally born like traditional prayer by facing such invisible fears of the present day based on the locality.
Physical training would be a kind of cult 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 cult 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.