Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

April 12, 2013

Poor-man statues 15 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 15 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 15

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:

Este post termina mi serie. La próxima semana visitando el Círculo Polar Ártico en invierno.

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:

Ce poste termine ma série. La semaine prochaine visitant Cercle Polaire en hiver.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jalasjärvi (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built in 1799–1800 / Iglesia construida 1799–1800 / Église construite 1799–1800.
Belltower built ? / Campanario construido ? / Clocher construit ?
Height of Poor-man statue 131cm (4 feet and 3.6 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 131cm / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 131cm. Statue from 1845 or 1849 / Estatua 1845 o 1848 / Statue de 1845 ou 1849.

Sievi (photos / fotos 2012):

Church built 1861/ Iglesia construida 1861/ Église construite 1861.
Belltower built ? / Campanario construido ?, / Clocher construite ?. Height of Poor-man statue 149 (4 feet and 10.6 inches) / Altura de estatua de pobre hombre 149 / Hauteur de statue de pauvre Homme 149. Statue from ? / Estatua del año ?/ Statue de l’an ?

Poor-man statues 14 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 14 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 14

Poor-man statues 1 / Estatuas de pobre hombre 1 / Statues de Pauvre Homme 1

52 Comments »

  1. There sure are a lot of those statues!

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 12, 2013 @ 07:41 | Reply

    • Hi Anneli.

      Yes You are so right. Now after presenting 57 Poor-man statues it is time to say goodbye to them. Thank You following and commenting my series.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 12, 2013 @ 07:48 | Reply

  2. It was something very interesting and new for me and I liked your statue-series.
    Thank you for the precious share!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — April 12, 2013 @ 08:03 | Reply

    • Hi Anna.

      I am very happy that You liked these statues which present to us some kind of historical and national “treasury”.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 12, 2013 @ 08:16 | Reply

  3. This has been an awesome series, Matti! So many beautiful and magnificent churches! I think of those who built them and the many who have worshipped there. And also of the thousands of young men who have been buried in those military graves. Your country paid a huge price of war and yet their spirit has overcome the grief and tragedy of it. You have provided a lot of insight and a lot more to think about!

    Comment by montucky — April 12, 2013 @ 08:05 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      Thank You very much for Your kind words. You are right that my posts were not presenting only those statues, but also much more. The series was also rewarding to me because I had to find out many things involved in them.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 12, 2013 @ 08:24 | Reply

  4. This has been a beautiful series. So many lovely details photographed with such care and attention.

    Comment by restlessjo — April 12, 2013 @ 10:31 | Reply

    • Hello Johanna.

      Thank You for Your praising comment. I am happy that You did follow my series. It required a lot of work and travel from my side and that’s why I appreciate comments.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 12, 2013 @ 11:14 | Reply

  5. Wonderful photos!

    Comment by TBM — April 12, 2013 @ 11:36 | Reply

    • Hi TBM.

      Thank You leaving Your comment and visiting my post.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 08:05 | Reply

  6. Nice and interesting photos as always.

    Comment by My Daily Denmark — April 12, 2013 @ 14:49 | Reply

    • Hello My Daily Denmark.

      Thank You for Your visit and leaving Your comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 08:10 | Reply

      • Thank you, wishing you a nice week end too.🙂
        (You know I am Giiid from “My 2008 blog”, right ?)

        Comment by My Daily Denmark — April 13, 2013 @ 13:14 | Reply

        • Hi Giiid.

          Oh, of course I remember You. Thank You telling it.

          Happy Sunday!

          Comment by Sartenada — April 14, 2013 @ 08:00 | Reply

  7. you are quite the researcher and historian! it’s always interesting for me to see “quirky” things, such as these statues and your research and explanation as to how they came to being.
    okay… i’m interested in your upcoming arctic circle essay(s) and photos …

    Comment by betunada — April 12, 2013 @ 16:34 | Reply

    • Hello Betunada.

      Thank You for Your kind words. I am feeling myself happy when reading praising comments concerning this post. What comes to my next post it is not series, but a single post about Arctic Circle in Winter. Last year I presented a long series telling our road trip far beyond the Arctic Circle and then I showed how the Arctic Circle was in summer. The contrast is great and I love it more in winter.

      Have a great day!

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

  8. I love the pictures both from Jalasjärvi and Sievi! have a great weekend!

    Comment by tiny lessons blog — April 12, 2013 @ 16:47 | Reply

    • Hi Tiny Lessons blog.

      Thank You commenting and liking my photos.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 08:28 | Reply

  9. The statues at the very beginning are very moving. I like these poor-man statues. Another wonderful post, Thank you, Sartenada!

    Comment by Amy — April 12, 2013 @ 16:58 | Reply

    • Hi Amy.

      I am glad that You followed and commented my posts. I appreciate them. Thank You.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 08:30 | Reply

  10. This was a rather impressive blog series! Interesting what you told about the story behind it and impressive to have the possibility to see all the photographs you showed during the last weeks/months. A lot of details to admire!
    Great!
    Have a nice weekend! I’m now looking forward to the new posts coming soon.

    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — April 12, 2013 @ 19:13 | Reply

    • Guten morgen Michele.

      Thank You for Your kind words. I am glad that You followed my series and liked my photos.

      Ich wünsche Dir auch ein schönes Wochenende!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 08:32 | Reply

  11. How absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing this series has been lovely🙂

    Comment by dorysworld — April 12, 2013 @ 19:20 | Reply

    • Hello Dory.

      So happy when reading Your nice comment. Thank You.

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 08:34 | Reply

  12. Yes, I agree that the statue at the beginning is moving-shows the difference between our two cultures. Some people here would have a fit if there was a nude statue in front of the church.What is the angel holding in the 15th and 28th images? Something to do with the passage of time? I have enjoyed the photos of the churches as well. Have a great weekend!

    Comment by janechese — April 12, 2013 @ 20:30 | Reply

    • Hi Janechese.

      The thing You asked is Hourglass. In the old days people needed them to control the flow of time.🙂 I have presented earlier some of them in my older posts and I do find them interesting. I considered long time to present the Holy family statues here in the church of Sievi and I was convinced that if a church presents them, so I also can do. My intention was not to insult anyone. Thank You for Your comment and question.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 08:44 | Reply

      • oh no I am not insulted-I find it refreshing

        Comment by janechese — April 13, 2013 @ 23:56 | Reply

        • Hi Janechese.

          Thank You clarifying Your opinion.

          Have a lovely Sunday!

          Comment by Sartenada — April 14, 2013 @ 08:04 | Reply

  13. This has been a marvelous series and I have appreciated seeing the churches and the statues. They are beautiful and dignified and I hope the people were helped by the donations!

    Comment by megtraveling — April 12, 2013 @ 22:15 | Reply

    • Hi Megtravel.

      Thank You for Your praising comment concerning my series and photos. I appreciate it very much.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 08:47 | Reply

  14. Thanks for a wonderful series that showed so much more than just the poor man statues. It was wonderful seeing the art and workmanship in the churches, the moving sculptures commemorating those lost in the war, and all the different building styles of the churches and bell towers. I feel that I’ve had a wonderful tour of a part of Finnish culture that most people would never see. In this post, I really like the wood carved sculpture of the Holy Family. In the USA I think most churches would think it was obscene, without considering that the baby Jesus wasn’t eating the gifts of the Wise Men, for goodness sakes. The humanness of the carvings and the spirit that is represented on their faces is just lovely.
    I am looking forward to at last seeing the whole Arctic Circle in winter series, Matti. I know I will enjoy them!

    Comment by Heart To Harp — April 13, 2013 @ 04:44 | Reply

    • Hi Janet.

      So praising comment thank You. Well I earlier commented to Janeche in this way concerning the Holy Family carved statues: “I considered long time to present the Holy family statues here in the church of Sievi and I was convinced that if a church presents them, so I also can do.” My intention was not to insult anyone. “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at the church of Sievi, not at me”!

      My next posit only one post just to compare how it was in summer (previous year) and in this year’s winter. No problem, because new interesting posts will be published during this Spring.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 09:04 | Reply

  15. What a gorgeous architecture. In our country, there are many traditional temples and shirines.🙂

    Comment by cocomino — April 13, 2013 @ 07:16 | Reply

    • Hi Cocomino.

      I am happy that You left Your comment and liked my photos. Thank You.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 09:05 | Reply

  16. Hi Sartenada,
    I’m so glad I was able to come by in time to see your final poor man post. Sometimes it gets overwhelming trying to keep up with all the bloggers.

    You’ve done a huge amount of research to get the information and photos. You must’ve driven all over the country.

    I can see the holes for the money in the front. How does one get the money out?
    Do people still put money in them?

    Comment by dearrosie — April 14, 2013 @ 01:52 | Reply

    • Hello Roseanne.

      It is true that sometimes one can miss posts which the blogger himself / herself keeps interesting, but it is natural. Thank You appreciating my “huge job” to get information and photos. I cannot calculate how may kilometers / miles I have driven when searching these statues, but when I was retired in 2004, I have driven about 20000km / 12427mi photographing my country. Personally I call it documenting by photos. It has been a very rewarding and now know “a little bit” more from my country.

      People yet today put coins into the slots of statues, but I guess that not so much. There are no published statistics.

      How to get money out? Well, there is iron belt which can be opened. In my post:

      Poor-man statues 9 .

      You can see it very clearly when looking at the church of Ahlainen (=first church in this post). In some cases money goes direct to the box which is situated at the back of statues.

      Thank You commenting and making Your question.

      Have a great Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 14, 2013 @ 08:26 | Reply

  17. j’ai beaucoup aimé ton article si magnifique que de belles photos bises MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — April 15, 2013 @ 08:23 | Reply

    • Bonjour Toinon.

      Mrci beaucoup. Je suis heureux que tu as suivie ma série et laissée de ton aimable commentaires. Bises.

      Belle journée!

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

  18. I love the simplicity of your churches, Sartenada. They are very souldful to me. And having the poor-man statues associated with them only makes them more endearing! I have really enjoyed this series. Thank you.

    Comment by Ginnie — April 15, 2013 @ 09:20 | Reply

    • Hi Ginnie.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. I appreciate it.

      Have a lovely Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 15, 2013 @ 09:26 | Reply

  19. Great work you have done showing us all these fine statues and churches. I am looking forward to see photos from the Arctic Circle!

    Comment by Truels — April 17, 2013 @ 00:22 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      Thank You. I am glad that You followed my series to the end. From now on there will be varying themes.

      Happy Wednesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 17, 2013 @ 07:20 | Reply

  20. There are many times when I want to go in to photograph a church here in the islands but they are never open. You have to go just before the service or shortly after. I long for the days when all church doors were open. But of course thieves took care of that. How is it for you to find times to get inside to photograph.

    Comment by kareninhonolulu — April 17, 2013 @ 06:44 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      It would be indeed interesting to see Hawaiian churches. In Finland we have few thieves. Generally speaking people have great respect for church and its property. It has been many times when I visited a church, nobody inside; I shot my photos and left my name to the guestbook. Thefts, they occur of course, but very, very seldom. In Finland we have a system called “Road churches”. It means that churches in the lists also in Internet are open for public and inside churches there also guides. Guides are generally young students who have very good knowledge of their own church. Because our summer is short these road churches are open generally Jun 06. – Aug 20. Some are open later. So to shoot photos inside churches You must be in hurry and make long road tours. Last year 2012 there were listed 280 churches around Finland.

      Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 17, 2013 @ 07:48 | Reply

      • You know your country sounds more and more wonderful each day. I so want to visit it. To think that a place could have very little theft is like a dream. Here in the islands where it used to be so safe we have house break ins all the time. That is why we have four dogs. And we live in a nice neighborhood!

        Comment by kareninhonolulu — April 17, 2013 @ 20:07 | Reply

        • Hi Karen.

          I was talking how things are generally speaking on countryside yet today. What comes to big towns like Helsinki, there are some beggars and pickpockets who come from some Southern states inside European Union. Pickpockets are everywhere. We have been robbed in the metro of Paris and on the railway station of Brussels. From these two cases we learned something. Some old people carry yet today their wallet in their hip pocket. It seems that they have not had any problems during their life. Anyway Finland is safe to come.

          When I was child and lived on our countryside it was a habit that nobody locked their homes. Times have changed since from then.

          Have a great day!

          Comment by Sartenada — April 18, 2013 @ 07:58 | Reply

  21. Cada vez aparecen más y más estatuas, pero todas son bellas con esa talla de la madera.
    saludos

    Comment by trapatroles — April 17, 2013 @ 18:49 | Reply

    • Hola Ramón.

      Me gustan tus palabras y soy muy alegre que has visitado mi blog. Muchas gracias al hacer tu comentario.

      ¡Un saludo grande¡

      Comment by Sartenada — April 18, 2013 @ 07:22 | Reply

  22. Interesting to see the architecture of buildings and statues, fantastic!

    Comment by campanulladellaanna — April 22, 2013 @ 22:35 | Reply

    • Hi Anna.

      I am glad that You did love my photos. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 23, 2013 @ 07:50 | Reply

  23. What a beautiful winter place! It looks like it came right out of a fairytale!

    Comment by Jimmy vs. World! — April 25, 2013 @ 02:18 | Reply

    • Hello Jimmy.

      Thank You for Your visit and commenting.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 25, 2013 @ 07:24 | Reply


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