Ved-ava Finnish Water Goddess


*Folklore, poetry & fiction writer

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. 
  • Featured Paintings Contemplation and Promise by Victor Nizovtsev in 9 (Public Domain)

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