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Old Folk Rising by TeroPorthan Old Folk Rising by TeroPorthan
Old Folk are the dead who have been dead so long they have become part of nature: in decay, rotten, covered in mold, trees and bushes growing out of their body. Ancient Finnish shamans would raise them with spells to help in challenging situations like fighting against witches or disease creatures. The shaman could raise the "old folk" in general, or more specifically his/her own ancestors or guardian (haltija), called Nature (luonto).

My Nature, from thy hole arise,
my Haltia, from under a fallen tree,
my Helper, from beneath a stone,
my Guide, from out the moss;
come, dread-inspiring Death (Kalma),
come at a time of anguish dire,
to give support, to safeguard me,
to help me and to strengthen me
for the work that must be done,
the hurt that must be known about.

Magic Songs of the Finns

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Read more about Finnish mythology and folklore on Tiina Porthan's and Tero Porthan's site Mythical Creatures in Finnish Folklore. In Finnish: Kalman kartano
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33M Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
This came through the Starving Artists Group, and is wonderful marvelous work
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2019   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :happybounce: Love 
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33M Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Very Welcome....You are a great inspiration to many of us and to me too
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2019   Digital Artist
Hug 
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Terotopia Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2019   Traditional Artist
Beautiful!! There is lot of stories when some shaman or witch rises the dead for help in battle.
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2019   Digital Artist
Yep! :D
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SMemeG4 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2019  Student Artist
Here they come!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2019   Digital Artist
Yep!
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SMemeG4 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2019  Student Artist
get the gun.
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Vaishali-Mallik Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
w o w
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2019   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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BarryD-Alive Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2019  Professional General Artist
Of all your work, this is one of my favs of all time!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2019   Digital Artist
Oh wow, thank you so much! Happy to hear it! :D
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demihime Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really awesome! Very creepy~ I love how you did the fog, and how the figures have enough detail to be horrifying without overdoing the gore.
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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cooltoyss Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2018  Professional Artist
What a master piece!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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GothScarlet Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018   Traditional Artist
Amazing! OuO🖒💙

The drawing kind of reminds me of this survivor horror video game call 7 days to die on the loading screen you see a burning zombie that it's coming out of the ground at the burnt forest. and that burnt forest is very foggy with zombie dogs. The place is very creepy to go to also at wasteland especially on seven days.
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018   Digital Artist
Oh cool! :D Tried to search but did not find a picture of it! Thank you! :)
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GothScarlet Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2018   Traditional Artist
Oh. You can see it only in the game but I wasn't lieing about what I said. And you're welcome :) 

(Sorry reply late)
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2018   Digital Artist
I believe you :) Just wanted to see it :D
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GothScarlet Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2018   Traditional Artist
I know. If it's not really on Google or anywhere else, then you can only see it when you play the game. ^^;
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2018   Digital Artist
Yea! :) No problem! :D
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UsamahDraws Featured By Owner Edited Nov 7, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I can see the time you put into this!  Keep up the good work and never stop learning!  Onward! With all of your heart!!!!!!!!!!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018   Digital Artist
Thanks bro! :D :highfive:
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Miriel3 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018
Awesome :D Great lightning and those little details. Especially cloth on his shoulders looks pretty nice (:
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2018   Digital Artist
Glad you like it! :D Yea, I spent some time creating that mold on the cloth, glad it worked out! :)
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MarquisAmon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.  Excellent talent.  Amazing work you have done.  :trophy:
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D :happybounce: 
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Lifeinforest9 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018
feel like this life is so tough 
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SharkHarrington Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018   Photographer
Extremely creepy. I love it :+favlove:
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much for feature! :D :D
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SCPhotoArt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding 2 by SCPhotoArt  
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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ArlenFram Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It really speaks to my imagination ;) And the song that is connected to it is very interesting.
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018   Digital Artist
Happy to hear it! :)
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Aya-Lunar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018   Traditional Artist
The dead litterally rising, this is so cool, I've really liked the idea of corpses rising from the earth, in oppostion to walking living people turning into zombies. Nice portrayal! I Like the idea too
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018   Digital Artist
Thanks Aya, happy to hear you like them! :D
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Cores88 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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corvair41 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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BlackInfinity666 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2018   Traditional Artist
Pretty great~ I love the skeletons XD
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2018   Digital Artist
:pumpkin: Thank you so much! :D
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BlackInfinity666 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2018   Traditional Artist
Of course!
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organicvision Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018  Professional Photographer
I have seen things like this in the forest ;)
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TeroPorthan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018   Digital Artist
I have no doubt about it! :) Maybe you even caught them on camera? Shocked :D
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