Ved-ava, a Finnish water goddess ruler of the Finno-Ugric and Baltic people. She is the overseer of fishing and abundance.
Ved-ava is described as a sea creature that is similar to a mermaid. She wears her hair long and has a bottom of a fish tail. Ved-ava has a sweet voice seducing folks with her beautiful songs. Fishermen often revered her with their first catch of the day. She represents incarnation of a person that drowned.
In western Russia the Mordvins considered her their Mother of water. In Estonia, she is known as Vete-ema.
Source & Reference:
- “Ved-ava.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2019. Britannica Concise Encyclopedia.
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