Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

January 18, 2013

Poor-man statues 3 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 3 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 3

In English:

Original English text updated in March 2014. In this series there are presented 57 paupers.

These historical wooden Poor-man (pauper) wooden statues are presented in their original surroundings. It is difficult to understand them at first, because man can find them only in Finland and some in Sweden. They are found mainly on the area called Ostrobothnia in Finland. They are part of our cultural heritage and thus being something special. What they are, why man made them, what is their history and how many of them exist? All these questions are replied in my next three posts.

Since I saw the first one nearly ten years ago, I felt sympathy to them. They were so cute, so live looking and well made. Seeing those statues later after years, many of them were in bad condition, I came sad. I saw that time and hard weather had left marks on them. I asked myself if anybody takes care of them, because they needed urgent restoration.

According to the latest calculations there are 145 paupers from which 107 (poor-man statues) + 1 (poor-woman statue) in active service, meaning collecting money to the poor. The rest of them are found in local museums around Finland. Total number of them is calculated to been about 180. In Sweden there are only nine paupers left.

Background:

All this began in 1649 (at that time Finland was under administration of Sweden) when Swedish queen Kristina (1629 – 1689) gave order to make money collection logs. In Europe wars raged around and many soldiers wounded in wars losing foot or arm. When wounded in this way they had to return to their home. These money collection-logs were modified to pauper (poor-man) statues by local artists. They were placed usually beside church doors and on the walls of bell towers. Man built for them small wooden shelter to protect them sun shine, direct rain and snow. In recent years many churches moved them into porches. So, many pauper statues present men missing hand, foot or even ear having models from solders maimed in wars. Man must remember that in the 1700, 1800 and 1900 century people were very poor, but they visited church every Sunday faithfully. I think that these pauper statues were great start for modern help of the poor (social security).

Pauper statues have moneybox in their chest and to put coins into them there is a slot in the chest. In general the Finnish people are honest and this means that there a few robberies against the pauper statues. Robberies have happened, yes indeed. Latest robbery happened in 2013 when the whole pauper statue in Rautio was stolen. It was found after winter in a ditch. The lock and money box were missing, but the statue was in good condition. Also the pauper of Alavieska has been robbed many times. In addition to these robberies, there have been some minor mischiefs like removing hands. Many paupers have beside them a written small phrase. Although the text might slightly differ from others, the main idea is: “he who has mercy on the poor, lends to the Lord”.
My posts go this way: First I present four churches and after photos of every church I show poor man statues with general views and close-ups. Because all pauper statues are presented in their natural environment, You will see also photos from churches, Chandeliers, Pulpits,Altapieces,Altars, Memorialsand Belltowers.

Always I could not visit churches inside, but in many cases yes. Enjoy our cultural heritage!

En español:

Historia de pobres hombres tallada en madera y la estatua estatua de pobrecita mujer.

Hay 107 estatuas de pobre hombres y una estatua de pobrecita mujer.

Al manejar mi carro alrededor en mi país, sacando fotos de las iglesias he encontrado algunas estatuas raras al lado de iglesias o campanarios. Ellos eran hombres o mujeres, y siempre sus mano o el pie había desaparecido, pero de todos modos esos estatues veía bien. Al examinar más de cerca encontré un hueco en ellos. Entonces entendí que se puede poner dinero en el hueco y dentro hay una cajita. ¿Por qué estos cajas / estatuas en madera de pobre hombres mendigos, se han creado, ¿cuándo?

Todo esto empieza en 1649 cuando la reina Cristina de Suecia dio la orden para hacer los leños de los pobres y ponerlos al lado de las puertas de las iglesias, campanarios o algunos lugares públicos. Pronto los leños de los pobres fueron modificados para estatuas de pobre hombre par artistas locales en Finlandia. En ese tiempo Finlandia estaba bajo la administración de Suecia. En Europa guerras devastó todos partes en Europa y muchos soldados heridos mismos perdiendo su pie o el brazo. Cuando heridos de esta manera ellos tuvieron que regresar a su casa.

En el 1700, 1800 y 1900 la gente del siglo era muy pobre, pero ellos visitaron la iglesia todos los domingos fielmente, así el lugar natural para esas estatuas pobres-el hombre estaba fue junto a iglesias o campanarios. Tal vez estas estatuas de pobres hombres ayudó a los más pobres, por supuesto, no existen estadicas.

Este post va de esta manera: Primero presento cuatro iglesias y después las fotos de estatuas pobres hombres.

En francais:

Histoire de statues sculptées en bois de pauvre-homme et de pauvre-femme statue.

Il ya 107 statues de pauvre-hommes et une statue pauvre femme.

Lorsque je conduisais autour dans mon pays pour prendre des photos des églises sur la campagne, j’ai trouvé quelques statues particulières à côté des églises ou des campaniles. Ils étaient des hommes ou des femmes et dont toujours la main ou le pied les manquait, mais de toute façon ces statues avaient l’air si bien. Lorsque en examinant les de plus près, j’ai trouvé une fente. Puis j’ai réalisé que l’on peut mettre des pièces à l’intérieur dans la fente du bûche. Pourquoi ces pauvres bûches / pauvre-homme de bois / bois statues mendiants ont été mis en place, quand?

Tout cela commence 1649 quand Christine de Suède a donné l’ordre de faire les pauvres bûches et de les mettre à côté des portes d’église, clochers ou de certains lieux publics. Bientôt ces pauvres bûches ont été modifiés pour homme pauvres statues par des artistes locaux en Finlande. En ce moment la Finlande était sous l’administration de la Suède. Les guerres faisaient rage autour de l’Europe et nombreux soldats blessés ont perdu le pied ou le bras. Lorsque blessés de cette façon ils devaient retourner à leur domicile.
Dans les années 1700, 1800 et 1900 les gens était très pauvres, mais ils ont visité l’église chaque dimanche fidèlement, de sorte que, le lieu naturel pour ces statues de pauvres-hommes était à côté des églises ou des campaniles. Peut-être ces statues de pauvres-hommes ont aidé les plus pauvres, mais des statistiques, ils existent pas bien sûr.

Mon poste va dans cette façon: Premièrement je présente quatre églises et puis et à la fin les photos de statues de pauvre hommes.

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kannus – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kortesjärvi -– Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Kurikka – Poor man-statues / Estatuas de pobre hombre / Statues de Pauvre Homme

Himanka (photos / fotos 2006):

Church built 1794 / Iglesia construida 1794 / Église construite 1794
Belltower built 1823 / Campanario construido 1823 / Clocher construit 1823
Height of Poor-man statue 155cm (5 feet and 1.0 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 155cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 155cm. Statue from decades 1827 / Estatua de los años 1827 / Statue dans les années 1827.

Kannus (photos / fotos 2008):

Church built 1817 / Iglesia construida 1817 / Église construite 1817
Belltower built 1817 / Campanario construido 1817- / Clocher construite 1817-
Height of Poor-man statue 132cm (4 feet and 4.0 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 132cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 1321cm. Statue from decades ? / Estatua de los años ? / Statue dans les années ?.

Kortesjärvi (photos / fotos 2008):

Church built 1792 / Iglesia construida 1792 / Église construite 1792
Belltower built 1855 / Campanario construido 1855/ Clocher construite 1855
Height of Poor-man statue 109cm (3 feet and 6.9 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 109cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 109cm. Statue from? / Estatua de ? / Statue de l’an de?

Kurikka (photos / fotos 2007):

Church built 1845–1847/ Iglesia construida 1845–1847/ Église construite 1845–1847
Belltower built 1794 / Campanario construido 1794 / Clocher construite 1794
Height of Poor-man statue 150cm (4 feet and 11.0 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 150cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Hommer 150cm. Statue from? / Estatua de ? / Statue de l’an de?

Poor-man statues 2 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 2 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 2

Poor-man statues 4 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 4 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 4

58 Comments »

  1. Fabulous series Matti.🙂

    Comment by Chillbrook — January 18, 2013 @ 10:22 | Reply

    • Hi Chillbrook.

      I am happy that You follow my series presenting these old wooden Poor-man statues. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 18, 2013 @ 11:39 | Reply

  2. Thank you Matti. I admire your photographic skills and the wonderful subjects. I hope I can visit Finland again and see some more of your beautiful churches. I will never forget the impressive dignity and sincerity of the Services in The Old Church at Helsinki. The organist, the male singer and the choir created a heavenly atmoshpere. It was truly unforgettable.
    Thank you again from
    Clive & Adi. Isle of Wight, UK.

    Comment by Clive and Adi Anderson — January 18, 2013 @ 10:43 | Reply

    • Hello Clive and Adi.

      How nice to read that You remembered my blog and noticed my “unique” posts. It is to me a great pleasure to present from my country things which are not know elsewhere. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 18, 2013 @ 11:43 | Reply

  3. They are great interior and building I like the cool men who just stand 🙂

    Comment by cocomino — January 18, 2013 @ 12:23 | Reply

    • Hello Cocomino.

      I am happy that You like my photos and also those Poor-man statues.

      どうもありがとう.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 18, 2013 @ 12:37 | Reply

  4. Hi Sartenada, I feel like I have learned something new I can say about Finland, thank you for that. I am most intrigued by the hour glasses. Do you know the meaning behind those? Why 4? I wonder if there are any old coins in the statues that did not land in the box, so they were not collected, but instead bounced out and fell inside the poor-man statue? Have a good day!

    Comment by Bondseye — January 18, 2013 @ 14:26 | Reply

    • Hi Lisa.

      First of all, I could not find the photo which You referred. To get the exact name, then move mouse pointer over the photo which You meant and then You can find the name and number of photo from the tooltip which appears then.

      What comes to hour glasses, my guess is that in the old days had fewer clocks in churches and from hourglass priest saw passing of time. Yet today in some church there are yet today at his grandfather’s clocks.

      In old days sermons lasted long, long time. Some parishioners went to sleep and they were waked up by sexton. It was very understandable, because many came from far way using horses and sleights. I guess that You remember my old post:

      Historical church stables / Históricos establos de iglesia / Historiques écuries de l’Église.

      Thank You commenting my post.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 18, 2013 @ 14:55 | Reply

  5. This whole story of the statues is quite interesting. Apparently there was no problem with theft?

    What I noticed most about the churches is how bright they are inside. I love that airy feel with the white walls. This is so different from most churches here in the U.S. or at least in Minnesota where I live. Also, the candelabra is particularly stunning.

    Comment by Minnesota Prairie Roots — January 18, 2013 @ 15:42 | Reply

    • Hi Audrey.

      You made me feel happy by visiting my post and telling that You love it. I guess that our churches differ from Your. In this post I noticed that there is some nearly same kind of architect. Anyway the area is huge and other locations they are different. Thank You commenting.

      Have a lovely Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 18, 2013 @ 17:06 | Reply

  6. Thank you for showing more of these interesting statues as well as the beautiful churches that contain them. I must admit, though, that I find the free-standing bell towers almost as fascinating as the statues. Your photos, as always, are beautiful.

    Comment by seniorhiker — January 18, 2013 @ 16:06 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Thank You. Those free-standing bell towers are just to my mind. They complete nicely those things which can be found around the church and of course the church itself. Sometimes bell towers are older than churches and it means that earlier church was burnt and the newer is built. I read once that tree churches have been in fire and the fourth was built.

      Have a great day.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 18, 2013 @ 17:11 | Reply

  7. je suis mais en admiration par cette architecture des églises mais aussi par les trésors intérieurs

    Comment by l'Angevine — January 18, 2013 @ 16:11 | Reply

    • Bonjour Mabelle.

      Merci d’avoir fait ton commentaire si gentil.

      Belle Journée.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 18, 2013 @ 17:14 | Reply

  8. Great post, Matti.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 18, 2013 @ 19:15 | Reply

    • Hello Anneli.

      Thank You following my series presenting Poor-man statues and leaving Your comment.

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 19, 2013 @ 09:56 | Reply

  9. Great post as always Matti🙂 Happy Weekend ♥

    Comment by wolke205 — January 18, 2013 @ 19:30 | Reply

    • Guten morgen Kiana.

      I feel myself very happy when reading You words. Vielen Dank.

      Schönes-Wochenende!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 19, 2013 @ 10:09 | Reply

  10. Interesting ones with the peg-legs.Have a happy weekend!

    Comment by janechese — January 18, 2013 @ 20:37 | Reply

    • Hi Janechese.

      Thank You for Your comment. It was nice to read that You did find them interesting.

      Happy week-end to You also.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 19, 2013 @ 10:24 | Reply

  11. These statues seem to have the saddest faces in the series, as if they are trying to tell people that they really need help. Though the moustached statue seems much too dignified to be asking for help. It is delightful to see how the statues each have their own personality. I wonder about the woodcarvers who made them. Perhaps each woodcarver made a particular “personality” of statue? I have enjoyed this series, Matti. It’s lovely to see so many beautiful churches along with the statues. Happy weekend! Janet

    Comment by Heart To Harp — January 18, 2013 @ 23:45 | Reply

    • Hi Janet.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. There is very little information on woodcarvers. I have read that quite many of carvers were so called artist of the people. It is sure that they left their personality to their carvings and some present living people of their era.

      Happy week-end to You also.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 19, 2013 @ 10:45 | Reply

  12. Great photos of those beautiful churches, Matti! I wonder why only one “poor man” statue of a woman.

    Comment by montucky — January 19, 2013 @ 06:10 | Reply

    • Hi Terrry.

      Thank You for Your comment. You made interesting question. Well, here are my guesses. In older days there was no equality between men and women. For example in Finland women the right to vote in 1906. Thus Finland was the third nation in the world and the first in Europe to give women right to vote. Another guess might be that no-one did not know what other artists have or maybe it was easier to get men to be model for these statues.

      Happy week-end!

      BTW, only one “poor man” statue of a woman will be presented in the fifth part.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 19, 2013 @ 11:02 | Reply

  13. I felt prestigious to tour this church and admiring these statues. Thank you so much for the beautiful photos and stories.

    Comment by Amy — January 20, 2013 @ 16:41 | Reply

    • Hi Amy.

      Thank You. When presenting these rare statues one cannot avoid seeing our churches on countryside also.

      Have a great week!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 21, 2013 @ 08:13 | Reply

  14. The churches are beautiful and I’m so glad they were able to help needy people with these statues. It’s a heartwarming story – thank you!

    Comment by megtraveling — January 20, 2013 @ 18:40 | Reply

    • Hi Megtraveling.

      Yes, they helped people, how much, but anyway. Thank You following my series presenting these wooden historic statues in Finland.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 21, 2013 @ 08:21 | Reply

  15. I like your post. Very interesting and nice photos.

    Comment by Northern Narratives — January 20, 2013 @ 20:16 | Reply

    • Hi Northern Narratives.

      How nice to read Your words. Thank You for Your comment and following my series.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 21, 2013 @ 08:22 | Reply

  16. It is always wonderful to see pictures of your poor man statues, and now of course the poor woman statue too. I really like to believe that they may have helped the poor. Thanks for sharing, Matti, and have a wonderful week.

    Comment by luchaniktravel — January 21, 2013 @ 01:31 | Reply

    • Hello Davinder.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. I am happy that You love my photos.

      Have a great coming week.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 21, 2013 @ 08:32 | Reply

  17. A very interesting post Sartenada… I like your idea of writing in three languages … I once had the same idea, but then decided to stick only with English.

    Comment by Paula — January 21, 2013 @ 14:01 | Reply

    • Hi Paula.

      Thank You. My wife said once that life is learning, when she started beading. This sentence is valid for me also, because when writing in three languages, I have tried my best. I know that my posts have huge amount of mistakes and I am happy that people who have Spanish / French as mother tongue, they do not complain.

      The majority of my visitors come from Spain, Central and South America, not to forget U.S.A. Apparently they have found something which they are interested in.

      You might start in three languages Your posts.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 21, 2013 @ 15:09 | Reply

  18. Beautiful and inspiring.

    Comment by mvobsession — January 21, 2013 @ 14:40 | Reply

    • Hello Mvobsession.

      I am happy that You left Your comment!

      Have lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 21, 2013 @ 15:11 | Reply

  19. I am such a glutton for external and internal architecture, Sartenada. I feel like I always get my education when I visit your blog!

    Comment by Ginnie — January 21, 2013 @ 16:10 | Reply

    • Hi Ginnie.

      It was so nicely said. Thank You.

      Have lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 22, 2013 @ 08:06 | Reply

  20. Another great collection of photos of your lovely churches and poor-man statues!

    Comment by Truels — January 21, 2013 @ 18:20 | Reply

    • Hello Truels.

      I am happy that You are following my series of Poor-man statues. Thank You commenting.

      Have great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 22, 2013 @ 08:08 | Reply

  21. Sehr, sehr schön, freue mich über deine schönen Fotos!!

    LG Mathilda🙂

    Comment by Mathilda — January 22, 2013 @ 15:54 | Reply

    • Guten tag Mathilda.

      Vielen Dank für Ihre freundlichen Worte.

      Einen schönen dienstag!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 22, 2013 @ 16:09 | Reply

  22. Very interesting and educational story about the poor-men and poor-women sculptures! Nice photos too. I noticed that the trees around the churches are “placed” quite randomly, instead of being artificially put in some kinds of orders.

    Comment by kam — January 23, 2013 @ 09:34 | Reply

    • Hi Kam.

      Many of these churches are old and it maybe the reason why trees are randomly around the churches. We have in Finland old proverb saying: “Church in the middle of the village”. In our historic days is was valid, because times have been changed since those day and for example shopping centers need more space around them. So centers of villages have moved, but not churches. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 23, 2013 @ 09:54 | Reply

  23. Fabulous shots Sartenada! Had never heard of these before!

    Comment by Madhu — January 23, 2013 @ 11:57 | Reply

    • Hi Madhu.

      I am glad that You liked my photos presenting Poor-man statues in Finland.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 23, 2013 @ 13:19 | Reply

  24. Really interesting collection! Definitely unique!

    Comment by Jodi — January 23, 2013 @ 16:42 | Reply

    • Hello Jodi.

      That’s right. Thank visiting my post and leaving Your comment.

      Have great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 24, 2013 @ 08:03 | Reply

  25. Fantastic pictures. I’ve not seen anything like this before. The colours are wonderful.

    Comment by kateshrewsday — January 24, 2013 @ 08:25 | Reply

    • Hello Kate.

      Poor-man statues are really something which is at first sight very difficult to understand. Some of them are well kept, some not. In my next post tomorrow, I’ll show the biggest Poor-man statue and it differs from all of these which I have presented until now. Thank You visiting my blog and leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 24, 2013 @ 08:36 | Reply

  26. I’m so happy that you invited me over so I was able to see these fascinating statues, and the very interesting history behind them.
    I’m also very impressed that you post in three languages. Where do you live?

    Comment by dearrosie — January 25, 2013 @ 18:58 | Reply

    • Hello Rosanne.

      Thank You visiting my post, commenting and liking it. I live in Finland, in the same country, where these statues are. I love languages; they are nearly one of my hobby. When knowing many languages, one notices that they have plenty of similarities and thus it is easy to read and “nearly” to understand some language although I have not leant it. To understand spoken language is another story.

      In our family we have two favorite languages. I have French and my wife German.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 26, 2013 @ 10:13 | Reply

      • I’ve never traveled in Scandinavia. I hope to one day…
        Whenever I’ve met a Finnish tourist (at the art Museum where I work) I’m always impressed with their excellent English.

        Comment by dearrosie — January 26, 2013 @ 19:11 | Reply

        • Hi Roseanne.

          Sound good. In our school we have to learn many languages, before we are small country and we need to communicate with the rest of world. We have common history with Sweden which started 1150 and ended 1809. It means that we have yet today learn Swedish. Some like some not. My opinion is that instead of Swedish we could learn some European language. For example I learnt in addition to Finnish, Swedish, English, German and French; how well it is another thing. When in work life I learnt also Spanish.

          Have a great start of week!

          Comment by Sartenada — January 28, 2013 @ 13:14 | Reply

  27. Je refais un essai, on verra si ça fonctionne cette fois ! Tes reportages sont très intéressants, et je trouve vos églises très belles, que ce soit à l’intérieur ou à l’extérieur !
    Très belle soirée et grosses bises !
    Cathy

    Comment by Cathy — January 31, 2013 @ 19:12 | Reply

    • Bonjour Cathy.

      Mon cœur se réjouis de Votre commentaire. Je suis très heureux que Vous vous aurez pu laisser Votre commentaire ici finalement. Merci beaucoup.

      Belle Journée.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 1, 2013 @ 08:22 | Reply

  28. Interesting about the statues. I really love photos of old churches. Amazing history🙂

    Comment by Through My Eyes — March 8, 2013 @ 16:38 | Reply

    • Hello Through My Eyes.

      How happy I am when reading Your kind comment. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 9, 2013 @ 12:11 | Reply


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