L: Loviatar

L: Loviatar

Loviatar, divine daughter of Tuoni, Finnish god of death, first brought disease and illness into the world. The Kalevala, Finland’s epic poem, states that she “Made her couch along the wayside/On the fields of sin and sorrow/Turned her back upon the East-wind.” Which is the polite, Finnish way of saying that she had a roadside tryst with the East-wind. After their one-night stand she gave birth to nine sons: Colic, Pleurisy, Fever, Ulcer, Plague, Consumption, Gout, Sterility, and Cancer.