Iku-Turso II by Nuctameron
Iku-Turso ([ˈikuˌturso], “the eternal Turso”; also known as Iku-Tursas, Iki-Tursas, Meritursas, Tursas, Turisas among others) is a malevolent sea monster in the Finnish mythology. Nowadays Meritursas means octopus in Finnish, named after Iku-Turso, but originally tursas is an old name for walrus while the more common term is mursu. However, it is more common to see the word Mustekala (lit. “ink fish”), the name of its Subclass Coleoidea in Finnish, for the octopus.
In the list of Tavastian gods by Mikael Agricola, he is mentioned as the god of war: Turisas voiton antoi sodast (Turisas brought victory in war). It has been suggested that the god in the list is same as the Scandinavian god of war Tyr; however, this theory is not widely supported today. It is more likely that Tur(i)sas was the name of a disease-demon who shot sickness-inducing projectiles. This shooting motif may have been the reason why he was interpreted as the Finnish Mars during the sixteenth century. On the other hand, it is conceivable that even the pre-historic Finns may have sometimes seen this spirit, who could bring decimating illnesses among the enemies, as a war-deity.
The other parts of the wiki entry are interesting also, one being:
His appearance remains unclear, but he is described with several epithets: partalainen (the one who live Tuoni, Death), tuhatpää (thousand-headed), tuhatsarvi (thousand-horned). It was sometimes said that he lived in Pohjola but that may be because Pohjola was often perceived as the home of all evil.
In some versions of the spell The Birth of Nine Diseases Iku-Turso is mentioned as the father of diseases with Loviatar the blind daughter ofTuoni, the god of death. The Scandinavian giants bursar had the ability to shoot arrows which caused diseases in people. This and the fact that þurs resembles Tursas gives credence to the idea that they may be related. Some runes tell that Meritursas partalainen makes pregnant the Maiden of Air (Ilman impi, Ilmatar). She later gave birth to Väinämöinen, which would make him a truly primeval creature. On the other hand, he is also mentioned as the son of Äijö (a name usually assigned to the God of sky).
British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has unveiled his latest collection of sub-aquatic art in the Museo Subacuatico de Arte — the subaquatic museum he co-founded back in 2009 off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. The work pictured above, entitled ‘Resurrection’ uses live purple Gorgonian fan coral(Gorgonia flabellum), which had been displaced from the reef system in a storm.
Photo credit: Jason deCaires Taylor/Barcroft
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