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Kalevankarhu by CanisAlbus Kalevankarhu by CanisAlbus

The bear (karhu in Finnish), King of the Forest, was the most respected animal of the ancient Finnish forests and still is today. The Birth of the Bear is a very old, probably paleolithic myth having it's roots in totemistic relationship between the powerful animal and the primitive man. 
As such the bear was the symbol of the whole tribe and a sacred animal. For this reason in some areas it was never hunted. Shamanism was also closely connected to the bear and sometimes the bear was seen as the spirit of a shaman.

finnishmyth.org

Brown India ink. Drawn with a wooden straw.

Artwork ©CanisAlbus
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thefamilybusiness Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! Really beautiful. :heart:
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Lindblut Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's some splendid inkwork! I really love the different hues of brown here, and as always how you stylize and break down body parts!
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Very cool!
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GoloriaAJ Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Amazing detail work on this :)
I really like how the shapes are working together creating that spiritual vibe.
The color is nice too and above all that this animal is really amazing :happybounce: 
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BlurredPaws Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this beautiful animal it's very appreciated in my country too...as far as I know the number of brown bears in Romania is the largest in Europe and we have a some interesting traditions and myths about them...you really made me courious now I'm starting to read more about finnsh myths...About the drawing: looks like sometimes you need just a wooden straw and some ink to do something nice! I really like it!


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IzaPug Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
ahwww
thats adorablee
loved the details
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HalooWolfie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Todella sievällä tyylillä tehty, ja paljon kivoja eri kuvioita täynnä kuva.
<3
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bigartisteArt Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tosi hieno työ! Kivalla tyylillä tehty. 
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BlackSeaFoam Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. the Finnish word for bear is 1000000x better than the english word. This is absolutely stunning. They are truly incredible animals, they eminate power, but also peace, and you've captured that beautifully. 
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Canisp Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
I just love your symbolic/traditional pieces.
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