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Birth of the cat by fairychamber
Birth of the cat
Birth of the cat according to ancient Finnish mythology and folklore.

"I know of the cats origin
the incubation of Greybeard
The cat was gotten on a stove
as a girls nose
a hares head
a tail of "Hiisi's plait of hair"
claws of a viper
a tail of snakes venom
Feet of cloud berries
the rest of it's body
is of the wolf's race"

Greybeard (halliparta) is known as a Finnish nature sprite, an elf-like creature (in common Finnish "tonttu").

Hiisi has many meanings it can be an old worshiping place (stone, natural circle, a small hill ect.) It can also be a giant or 
an ancient nature god or both.

For modern Finns old Finnish words can be difficult to read so translations and meanings are ambiguous.

I love cats and Finnish mythology so this was a very fun project for me. I think it's quite fitting that for ancient Finns cat was born in a sauna. At least my cats enjoy being in the sauna occasionally :)

(c) Niina Niskanen
Watercolors and acrylics on acid free watercolor paper

You can find me here:

Some cool contests I'm entering :)

free-style w.i.t.c.h contest at: :iconwitchandwinxclub:

magical woods contest at: :iconmagicalwoods:

there and back again at: :iconmystical-forest:


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niina niskanen
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
It's all in the detail.

My name is Niina and welcome to my little corner of deviantart. Im an artist and illustrator. I live in the beautiful country of Finland. I'm a mother of one black cat called Noki. My artworks are mostly inspired by fairytales, folklore and myths of different countries and regions. I'm a 100 % mythology geek.

My hobbies and intrests (beside art and myths) are:
- collecting vintage children books and postcards with pretty illustrations
- All things Disney
- I have a collection of 90's Barbie dolls and board games
- Addiction to good fantasy books and movies
- handcrafts :)


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JohnPatience Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Thanks for the fave  :)
Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Hi there,

I would just like to extend a warm welcome for joining Disney-By-Eras!

Currently we are deciding the theme for our next group contest, so be sure to vote for your top three choices in the group's journal.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the group, please don't hesitate to send me a note.




SantasMoneySack Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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Malleni-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, thank you for the watch ! :rose:
It's much appreciated :pat:
fairychamber Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem. I adore your castle-stock. Great photos
LoveLiveLilith Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Kiitos:3 Emoticon
chelleface90 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Welcome to DisneySwap! :hug:
fairychamber Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for having me :)
chelleface90 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Sorry to see you leave the group :(
Misgaeroten Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Thanks for the watch. Have a nice day
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