Forest mother (Estonian: metsaema) is sylvan deity from Estonian myhtology/ ethnic religion. I heard about her first time in 5th grade when I was on class excursion to Nõva. I think we visited some kind of wilderness preserve and guide told us folktales about local costline and forests. One was about forest mother and huge ancient pines called "hongad" (if I remember correctly they could talk to according to the folktale). Forest mother was the keeper of the forest and she wouldn't harm nobody unless someone had evil intention against the forest. She was described as white lady who could move like a ghost in the forest. Those stories freaked out many classmates and one point everybody kind of panicked and claimed they heard voices or saw ghostlike lady. Some folklorist presume that in Estonians' prechristian belief there were no gods, but the elves/fairies ("haldjad", there is no difference in Estonian) as place spirits were the deities. In some places in Estonia sylvan deities were called forest mothers or forest fathers, in Mordvins folklore there is also a sylvan deity who is called forest mother. My vision of forest mother is an elf woman in a white dress, who is part of the forest. If you wonder why there are lace and necklace tied to the brances then, it's because of an old tradition in hiidet (in Estonia they are holy forests) to tie lace, ribbons, necklace, belts and such to tree brances. The ornament/symbols around her are archaistic embroidery's motifs.
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Wolves have many names in Estonian besides the official name "hunt", which actually comes from German, original name was "susi" (same as in Finnish) and it's still used. Other names for wolf are "hallivatimees" (man of gray coat), "kriimsilm" (scratch eye), "sorusaba" (droopy tail) and the list goes on, because according to old tradition and beliefe if you called someone by their real name you were summoning them. One of wolf's alternative name is also Püha Jüri kutsikas (pup of Saint-George). Wolves with such name were the ones who hunted down ghosts, visitants and wraiths like "külmkingad" ("cold shoe"?) and dark/shadow men/people/creatures. So if you have trouble with shadowlurkers then call wolves for help (though some legends say you have to across a crossroad before calling for wolves because or else wraiths will kill you or take you away). According to legends after the wraith/evil spirit is killed by wolf then only thing left of the ghost is greenish (in some stories blue) water. Most of the stories where wolves kill evil spirits are like that: Man or woman goes home by a forest road while carrying somthing in their hand or driving on a carrige/sleigh. Suddenly a wolf pack is on the path (sometimes they howl the same time). So the man or woman asks the wolf to free the way and wolves step away. When the person passes by wolves then a black creature or shadow jumps of his or her fardel and the wolves kill it. There are some visitants like külmkingad who can't be killed by the first time. They must have been stricken by lightning three times and eaten by wolves three times.
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