Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

March 15, 2013

Poor-man statues 11 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 11 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 11

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.

¿Hay algun especial esta vez? Bueno, no realmente, si no contamos floriciente muro de piedra seca de la iglesia de Jurva. O por qué no la asomabando corona de espinas del retablo de la iglesia de Jurva.

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.

Y a-t-il extraordinaire, cette fois? Eh bien, pas vraiment, si nous ne comptons pas le mur de pierre en floraison de l’église de Jurva. Ou pourquoi pas la Sainte Couronne qui est furtivement sur le retable de l’église de Jurva.

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

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Jurva (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built 1802 / Iglesia construida 1802 / Église construite 1802
Belltower built ? / Campanario construido ? / Clocher construit ?
Height of Poor-man statue 123cm (4 feet and 0 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 123cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 123cm. Statue from mid-term of 1800 / Estatua de la mitad de 1800 / Statue au milieu des années 1800.

Korsnäs (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built 1831/ Iglesia construida 1831/ Église construite 1831.
Belltower built 1747 / Campanario construido 1747, / Clocher construite 1747. Height of Poor-man statue 150 (4 feet and 11 inches)) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 150 / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 150. Statue from the beginning 1800s / Estatua del principio de 1800/ Statue dès le début de 1800.

Malax (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built 1829 / Iglesia construida 1829 / Église construite 1829
Belltower built 1832 / Campanario construido 1832/ Clocher construite1832
Height of Poor-man statue 129cm (4 feet and 2.8 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre129 cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 129cm. Statue from 1990 / Estatua años 1990 / Statue de années 1990.

Petalax (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built 1805/ Iglesia construida 1805/ Église construite 1805
Belltower built 1832 / Campanario construido 1832 / Clocher construite 1832
Height of Poor-man statue 122cm (4 feet and 0inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 122cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Hommer 122cm. Statue from 1860 / Estatua de 1860 / Statue de 1860.

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43 Comments »

  1. I seem to remember studying about Queen Christina when I was at High School – I must dig out some books and find out more. As ever, fascinating photos.

    Comment by Anny — March 15, 2013 @ 10:32 | Reply

    • Hi Anny.

      Very interesting Your comment. Thank You. I have had to learn very much our history and culture due to my blog.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 15, 2013 @ 11:44 | Reply

  2. Bonjour Matti,
    Une longue et belle série. J’espère que le pape François veillera sur ces “poor-men” et ceux du monde entier…
    Bises et très bon week-end, avec j’espère un radoucissement des températures en Finlande.

    Comment by Marion B. — March 15, 2013 @ 12:33 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.¨

      J’aime ton commentaire beaucoup; beaucoup de la rigolade!🙂 Nouveau pape prend une note de ces statues j’en suis sûr.

      Bon week-end. Bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 15, 2013 @ 12:44 | Reply

  3. Beautiful photos, Matti.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 15, 2013 @ 15:09 | Reply

    • Hi Anneli.

      Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 15, 2013 @ 15:20 | Reply

  4. This is such a beautiful collection, Matti. I enjoy learn about the poor-man statues, each has its own character.

    Comment by Amy — March 15, 2013 @ 15:27 | Reply

    • Hi Amy.

      Thank You for Your kind comment and following my series.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 15, 2013 @ 15:38 | Reply

  5. Thanks for another interesting post in this series. I do like that flowering stone fence, but the interior of the church at Jurva is beautiful as well. I really like the organ. The church at Malax is another beautiful building.

    Comment by seniorhiker — March 15, 2013 @ 16:26 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Thank You. I am very happy that You love this series and my photos.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2013 @ 09:14 | Reply

  6. bonjour j’ai pas aimé j’ai adoré ton article tout me plaît de superbes photos de ton pays bisous MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — March 15, 2013 @ 17:03 | Reply

    • Bonjour MA.

      Je suis heureux que Vous aimez mes photos. Chaque fois lorsque vous visitez mes pages, mon cœur se réjouit.

      Bonweek-end! Bisous.

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      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2013 @ 09:00 | Reply

  7. The last poor man looks quite dapper in his bow tie and waist coat! Perhaps he does not yet realize the seriousness of his situation? Thanks for another delightful Friday journey, Matti. Happy weekend!

    Comment by Heart To Harp — March 15, 2013 @ 20:32 | Reply

    • Hi Janet.

      Excellent observation, I had to relook him also.🙂 Thank You visiting and following my series.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2013 @ 09:04 | Reply

  8. As always…wonderful photos..Sartenada!

    Comment by Roberta — March 16, 2013 @ 03:07 | Reply

    • Hello Roberta.

      Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2013 @ 09:15 | Reply

  9. Beautiful churchs and wonderful beds of yellow flowers on the wall…

    Comment by Mary Gilmartin — March 16, 2013 @ 03:41 | Reply

    • Hello Mary.

      I am glad that You did find beautiful things among my photos. Thank You commenting and following my series.

      Have a lovely week-day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2013 @ 09:27 | Reply

  10. Excellent photos as always, Matti, and again I am amazed at the beauty of the churches, their structures, the interiors and the grounds.

    Comment by montucky — March 16, 2013 @ 04:37 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      What a pleasure to read Your kind comment. It makes me happy when reading that You love my photos.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2013 @ 09:35 | Reply

  11. Hello Matti et merci pour toutes ces belles photos. J’aime les églises colorées de ton pays. Cette couronne d’épines rouges sur une croix de bois est très spéciale et marquante. Nous avons aussi des murs en pierres sèches ici, une autre sorte de pierres mais la même construction. Ils sont superbes avec ces massifs de fleurs. Je partage l’avis d’un de tes visiteurs, que le pape François prenne bien soin de tous les pauvres hommes et femmes. Un tout bon weekend à toi et à ta famille.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — March 16, 2013 @ 11:49 | Reply

    • Bonjour Isa.

      J’aime ton comentaire beaucoup et mon cœur se rejouit chaque fois quand tu visit sur mon blog. Merci beaucoup.

      Bon week-end á toi et ta famille.

      P.S. La semaine dernière, nous avons visité dans une réunion de SYS – L’Association des amis de la Suisse en Finlande á Mikkeli où nous vivons depuis trois mois et demi. Il y avait des court-métrage films presentent votre merveilleux pays. Merveilleux!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2013 @ 12:58 | Reply

  12. I’ve never heard of poor-man statues- thank you for introducing them to me! I love the flowering stone wall with those yellow flowers.

    Comment by Sheila — March 16, 2013 @ 19:10 | Reply

    • Hello Sheila.

      I am glad that You loved my post and that You did find in it something interesting.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 17, 2013 @ 16:32 | Reply

  13. I thought that the glowing, triangle symbol was interesting. I assume that is supposed to symbolize the Trinity. I haven’t seen that used in any of the churches around here.

    Comment by Deb Platt — March 17, 2013 @ 05:19 | Reply

    • Hi Deb.

      Thank You commenting and following my post. Did You mean that red Crown of thorns. If then it is a wreath made from thorn bush which was put on the head of Jesus; told in Bible. Anyway, this was the second time to me see anything like it. In my post from 2009 I presented one which is the last photo. It is awesome.

      Here:

      Church of Nurmijärvi.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 17, 2013 @ 17:07 | Reply

      • Hi Sartenada. I wasn’t referring to the Crown of thorns. I was wondering about the triangle on the outside and inside of the church. It’s on the outside of the church between the roof and the door in this photo. Since the triangle has light beams, I thought it was supposed to be shining like the sun. I am guessing that it is supposed to represent the Trinity.

        A similar triangle is inside the church in this photo. What’s even more pronounced in this photo is that the triangle has a large “halo” of light beams that is in the shape of an upward pointing triangle. But it is overlapped with another, smaller “halo” of light beams in the shape of a downward pointing triangle. Together the two halos make a six-pointed star like a “Star of David”.

        Comment by Deb Platt — March 23, 2013 @ 01:23 | Reply

        • Hi Deb.

          Now I understand. I did find meanings of many symbols which are in use in churches.

          Here:

          Triangle

          Holy Trinity symbol is an equilateral triangle, which indicates that none of the three can be taken out of the package without breaking up and that all three persons are created equal.

          The problem is the triangle in Figure precise limits: God does not fit any of the human intellect to realize the limits. Sometimes within the triangle is an eye – God sees everything.

          This text was translated by Google Translate from this page:

          Christian symbols.

          There are many symbols and although the page is in Finnish, Google translate easily that You want.

          Thank You asking this.

          Comment by Sartenada — March 23, 2013 @ 12:03 | Reply

  14. Thanks for one more interesting collection of poor-man-statues and beautiful churches.

    Comment by Truels — March 18, 2013 @ 21:36 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      Thank You for Your kind comment and following my “special” series. There will only 4 more posts left in this series. After it I start with one post showing snowy Arctic Circle in February.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 19, 2013 @ 08:39 | Reply

  15. trop bien ce mur de lichen jaune

    Comment by l'Angevine — March 19, 2013 @ 09:46 | Reply

    • Bonjour Mabelle.

      Très bien. Je me réjouis de Votre commentaire.

      Belle journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 19, 2013 @ 11:00 | Reply

  16. Impresionante la cantidad de imagenes de esculturas de madera, cientos de ellas por esas iglesias. Me encantan. Saludos.

    Comment by trapatroles — March 19, 2013 @ 22:20 | Reply

    • Hola Ramón.

      Me encanta tu visita y comentario. Bien, Estas estatuas son pequeña de parte de nuestra pequeña historia desconocida.

      Un fuerte abrazo.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 20, 2013 @ 08:13 | Reply

  17. I’ve been away from Social Media for a few weeks, and it’s lovely to come back for just a while, and to see your photos. I feel right at home. Thanks for sharing more of the poor-man statues with us, Matti. Hope you are doing well.

    Comment by luchaniktravel — March 22, 2013 @ 05:28 | Reply

    • Hi Davinder.

      Our own first life is number one and then comes Social Media. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

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

  18. We were very touched at seeing those figures on our last trip. They are individual and quite compelling.

    Comment by morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer — March 22, 2013 @ 18:17 | Reply

    • Hello Ronnie.

      Thank You for Your comment. It was so nice to read that You have seen some of them.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 23, 2013 @ 12:31 | Reply

  19. I’ve never heard of poor man statues. How interesting. Love the church that is blue and white inside, and the painted curtain detail was so unexpected. Great photos!

    Comment by pattisj — March 22, 2013 @ 18:23 | Reply

    • Hello Patti.

      I am really happy for Your visit on my blog and finding my post presenting Poor-man statues. Thank You.

      Have great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 23, 2013 @ 12:34 | Reply

  20. Nice reading about you.

    Thanks. For visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

    Comment by ajaytao2010 — March 24, 2013 @ 14:52 | Reply

    • Hello Ajaytao2010.

      Thank You for Your comment and visit.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 24, 2013 @ 15:28 | Reply

      • thank you

        Comment by ajaytao2010 — March 24, 2013 @ 16:49 | Reply


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