Duluth, MN (PRWEB) September 16, 2013
Before the advent of the written word, storytellers had to use creative methods to ensure that their stories were not forgotten. That is why they introduced alliteration, rhythm, hymns and repetition. The verses would be sung or repeated in the kind of droning voices that monks used to remember long texts. This is how the Edda, the Iliad, Beowulf and Ramayana survived until the stories could be written down. This is also the story of Finland's national epic, the Kalevala. These songs were sung in different situations to confront the mysteries of life.
Under the Sun and Over the Moon is an absorbing retelling of the once sung runos in the Kalevala, which means "land of the descendants of Kaleva." In a time as ancient as it seems, author Loretta Suliin Busch, interweaves these myths with imagination and attention to detail. Each myth, although unsettling, becomes vibrantly alive as the portrayed characters, in their surroundings, endure the unendurable.
Among these myths, readers will find tales that will arouse their emotions in the complex mixture of adventures. There are trees and birds which talk, a Sampo with godlike powers, bees that seek healing honey, a homeless, pregnant bird, a resurrected man, a double suicide, six gold eggs and one iron. There are heroes with supernatural powers and women who are isolated in their hopes, dreams, joy, and tragedies as they try to understand their own lives.
Interestingly, by reading these mythical stories, readers will also realize that there are also forces of right and wrong that must be addressed. Through myth, these stories can’t be true, but recognizes their truth, because life is seldom what it seems. Under the Sun and Over the Moon presents stories which embrace the past; and helps to cope with current issues.
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About the Author
Loretta Suliin Busch was born in northern Minnesota and has spent her life in the landscape of trees and water. Her music has enabled her to take trips to Finland, Russia, Estonia, China, Mexico and the Caribbean; these sights, scenes and people have made an indelible impression on her writings. Her work “Song-land of the Kalevala,” accompanied by the DVD features the Vienna Karelian Folklore Villages where the sites of epic poetry were sung and recorded by Elias Lonnrot. This presentation is included in the Archives of Juminkeko, Kalevala Culture Centre, Kuhmo, Finland. She presents programs on the Kalevala, which include segments of music and art to the University of Seniors of University of Minnesota—Duluth, and to the Cloquet Community Schools; as well as presentations to numerous Finnish programs. She served on the Board of Directors as Music Chair for the FinnFest 2008, “Sharing the Spirit of Finland” Duluth, MN. Loretta has Bachelor of Science degrees from UMD-Duluth, MN of Music K-12, Elementary Education and Mild to Moderate Mentally HDCP. She also taught as an adjunct instructor of music curriculum at the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN. Loretta has traveled extensively, and documented her experiences. Her collection of artifacts also brings back vivid memories.
Under the Sun and Over the Moon * by Loretta Suliin Busch
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
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