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December 4, 2014

Statues of Paupers3 / Estatuas de pobres3 / Statues de miséreux3 / Estátuas de pobre-homem3

In English:

Those who have not seen my previous posts presenting historical wooden Poor-man (pauper) statues in their original surroundings, to them it is difficult to understand these unique wooden statues at first. These pauper statues are found mainly on the area called Ostrobothnia in Finland. They are part of our cultural heritage. 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 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. In 2013 there was an exhibition of paupers in world’s biggest wooden church in Kerimäki presenting 42 paupers collected around Finland. In this exhibition some paupers were restored and some in their original conditions.

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 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 has been small mischief’s like removing hands. Many paupers have beside them a written small phrase. Although the text might differ from others, the main idea is: “he who has mercy on the poor, lends to the Lord”.

In the exhibition in Kerimäki church the oldest pauper statue is from the late 1600s from Hauho. The biggest pauper statue is huge modern statue from 2012. I have two photos from it at the end of my last post. The smallest is from Särkisalo church. The most special looking pauper is from Kaarlela (1784). Anyway it was great to see pauper statues in one place; more awesome it is to admire them in their own surroundings.

When looking at my photos, please note, the poor-woman of Soini has visited in Italy in Saluzzo, Rome and Vatican. Last 5 photos show modern poor-man statues.

En español:

En el verano de 2013 hubo una exposición de estatuas de pobre-hombre en la iglesia de madera más grande del mundo. Por favor, lea más abajo.

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.

Al mirar mis fotos, por favor tenga en cuenta, la estatua de pobre mujer de Soini ha visitado en Italia en Saluzzo,en Roma y en el Vaticano. Últimos 5 fotos muestran estatuas de pobre-hombre modernas.

En francais:

En été 2013 il y avait une exposition de statues de pauvres-hommes dans la plus grande église en bois du monde. S’il vous plaît, lire la suite en dessous.

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.

Lorsque l’on regarde mes photos, se il vous plaît noter, la pauvre-femme de Soini a visitée en Italie à Saluzzo, á Rome et au Vatican. Les 5 dernières photos montrent modernes statues de pauvres-hommes.

Em Português:

No Verão de 2013 houve uma exposição de estátuas de pobre-homem de madeira na maior igreja de madeira do mundo. Por favor, lede vós mais abaixo.

História dos estátuas de pobre-homem de madeira entalhada e uma estátua de pobre-mulher.

Há 106 estátuas de pobre-homem e uma estátua de pobre-mulher.

Conduzindo por aí e tirando fotos de igrejas, Encontrei algumas estátuas peculiares ao lado de igrejas ou ao lado ou campanários ou ao lado de alguns lugares públicos. Eles eram homens ou mulheres, e sempre a sua mão ou o pé estava faltando, mas de qualquer maneira essas estátuas pareciam bem. Ao examiná-los mais de perto eu achava uma ranhura neles. Depois percebi que se pode colocar moedas na fenda e lá dentro é uma caixa. Por que os mendigos estátuas de madeira foram criados, e quando?

Tudo isso começa em 1649, quando a Kristina rainha sueca deu uma ordem para fazer troncos pobres e colocar-los ao lado de portas da igreja, ao lado das campanários ou ao lado dos alguns lugares públicos. Logo esses pobres-troncos foram modificados para estátuas de pobre-homem por artistas locais na Finlândia. Naqueles dias Finlândia estava sob a administração da Suécia. Na Europa, as guerras se desenrolava ao redor e muitos soldados feridos na perda de um pé de um braço. Quando feridos, desta forma eles tiveram que voltar para suas casas.

No século 1700, 1800 e 1900 pessoas estavam muito pobre, mas eles visitaram as igrejas, todos os domingos fielmente, Consequentemente o lugar natural para as estátuas de pobre-homems estava ao lado das igrejas ou ao lado das campanários. Talvez essas estátuas de pobre-homem ajudavam os mais pobres, mas nenhuma estatística fica – claro.

Ao olhar para as minhas fotos, por favor, note que a pobre-mulher de Soini visitou na Itália em Saluzzo, em Roma e no Vaticano. Últimos 5 fotos mostram estátuas de pobre-homem modernos.

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World’s biggest wooden church / Iglesia de madera más grande del mundo / Plus grande église en bois du monde

48 Comments »

  1. The first photo is similar to the Japanese!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — December 4, 2014 @ 08:39 | Reply

    • Hi wakasahs15th.

      Thank You. Sounds so nice that there are similarities. I am happy when You left Your comment.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — December 4, 2014 @ 08:48 | Reply

  2. It’s very interesting to see the statues.The photos make me think and wonder about those who created them and perhaps those from whom they drew their inspiration. I especially appreciated the information and thoughts in your narrative. Great post!

    Comment by montucky — December 4, 2014 @ 17:00 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      Thank You. Many of them are made by local artists, but also by “professionals” who made some similar statues in some different places. For example Heikki Mikkilä has made Poor-man statues of Nurmo, Peräseinäjoki, Orivesi, Lapua, Jalasjärvi and Ylihärmä. In many cases models have been local people. In some of our churches the faces of Apostles are local church builders or residents of the area.

      Have a great day! Tomorrow we’ll celebrate our 97th Independence Day.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 5, 2014 @ 08:19 | Reply

  3. Interesting and diverse as already truly admired in the previous blog entries of your blog series about these poor men statues! I agree to the remark mentioned in the first commentary: this statue – and the face in particular – reminds a lot of Japanese statues I’ve seen in a book.
    Nice to see the last picture! The statue as well as this friendly guy on the right with the Bangkok shirt … ^^

    Sending best wishes and thanks again for showing all these special statues!
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — December 4, 2014 @ 17:16 | Reply

    • Hallo Michèle.

      So nice comment. Thank You. I wanted absolute to be beside the biggest Poor-man statue which height is over 2 meters. Last summer I saw it live when we made short road trip.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 5, 2014 @ 08:40 | Reply

  4. This is also very interesting post.
    Each statues have different impression.

    Comment by 洋子 — December 4, 2014 @ 17:25 | Reply

    • Hello Maatan.

      I am glad for Your visit and comment. Thank You. In Finland I appreciate very much art made of wood. Bear statues are very popular and I start New Year with presenting photos from Bear Carving Contest.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 5, 2014 @ 10:48 | Reply

  5. Enjoyed the history and your photos are vivid and creative as always. I particularly like seeing the perspective when standing beside one. Thank you.

    Comment by Sue Slaght — December 4, 2014 @ 17:40 | Reply

    • Hello Sue.

      Thank You for Your nice comment. This was last post presenting Poor-man statuestogether, but sometimes during next year I’ll show some live which we saw on our road trip.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 5, 2014 @ 10:52 | Reply

  6. Thank you for sharing more of these fascinating statues. Thanks, too, for including some of the interior of this beautiful wooden church.

    Comment by seniorhiker — December 4, 2014 @ 18:02 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      The world’s biggest (seats 5000 person) is very popular tourist attraction in the Southern part of Finland. I glad for Your comment. Thank You.

      Happy upcoming weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 5, 2014 @ 10:55 | Reply

  7. bonsoir elles sont toutes originales ces statues et l’église est bien belle merci de la découverte bises bonne soirée MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — December 4, 2014 @ 19:19 | Reply

    • Bonjour MA.

      Tes visites sur mon blog sont toujours un plaisir pour mes yeux. Je suis heureux pour ton commentaire.

      Très bon week-end, bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 5, 2014 @ 11:04 | Reply

  8. Magnifiques statues de pauvres hommes
    et femmes, en espérant que l’argent récolté
    servait aux blessés de la guerre…
    Jolie série. Belle fin de soirée. Hervé

    Comment by vever02 — December 4, 2014 @ 19:21 | Reply

    • Bonjour Hervé.

      Mon coeur chante en lisant Votre aimable commentaire. Merci beaucoup. Je aime celles statues et l’histoire de fond qui qu’elles racontent.

      Bon fin de semaine. Bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 5, 2014 @ 11:19 | Reply

  9. That last one is huge. How tall is it? I didn’t realize they made them that big. Where was it originally?

    Comment by laceduplutheran — December 4, 2014 @ 21:51 | Reply

    • Hi Matt.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. Its tall is more than 2 meters high and it represents the modern style of Poor-man statues. It is a couple of years old and can be seen outside the church of Rantsila. Rantsila is situated quite near to the town Oulu. Next year I’ll show my live photos from this statue.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 5, 2014 @ 12:17 | Reply

      • Thanks for the information. I didn’t realize that there were more modern statues. I can’t wait to see the pictures. Happy Independence Day (albeit one day early).

        Comment by laceduplutheran — December 5, 2014 @ 16:00 | Reply

        • Good Morning Matt.

          Yes, at the end there were 5 photos modern Poor-man statues. The biggest on looked “small” beside the bell tower. I can send two live photos to You in advance.

          Happy Independence Day to You and Yours!

          Comment by Sartenada — December 6, 2014 @ 08:50 | Reply

          • Kiitos paljon. Those are great pictures. Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää.

            Comment by laceduplutheran — December 6, 2014 @ 12:13 | Reply

  10. Que entrada maravillosa! Me gusto’ todo, fotos e historia: es algo muy nuevo para mi y muy, muy interesante!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — December 4, 2014 @ 23:25 | Reply

    • Hola Anna.

      Espero que te gustaras especialmente la “Statua della Madonna di Soini” que visitó en el Vaticano. Muchas gracias al hacer tu comentario tan amable.

      Buon fine settimana! Abbracci.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 5, 2014 @ 12:02 | Reply

  11. Great history behind the statues and lovely photos!

    Comment by Indah Susanti — December 5, 2014 @ 08:23 | Reply

    • Hi Indah.

      I am glad that You loved the story also. Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 5, 2014 @ 12:46 | Reply

  12. Great documentation! I remember the one in Orivesi from my childhood! It seems that once we see them, they remain in memory.

    Comment by Tiny — December 6, 2014 @ 07:25 | Reply

    • Hi Tiny.

      Thank You commenting. Very nice that You know Orivesi from Your childhood. In that case You remember its beautiful bell tower. Here:

      Orivesi bell tower.

      Have a great weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 6, 2014 @ 09:29 | Reply

      • Yes, I do Matti! Have a wonderful weekend too.

        Comment by Tiny — December 6, 2014 @ 16:51 | Reply

  13. Is this statue’s culture only Finland ?
    I can’t see about these statues in Japan.
    I think very precious.

    Comment by キース — December 6, 2014 @ 13:01 | Reply

    • Hello Keith.

      Yes sir, mainly in Finland, only few remain in Sweden. My wish is that this tradition will continue to the next generations. There might be hope, because few modern Poor-man statues has been made as You noticed in last five photos. Thank You commenting.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 6, 2014 @ 13:11 | Reply

  14. ya’ know: i suspect you could/should (are?) a history instructor at the local college! (but definitely a researcher, none-the-less)

    Comment by betunada — December 6, 2014 @ 18:31 | Reply

    • Hi Betunada.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. Well, I could be, but I am just amateur senior citizen who is interested in many things, like culture, history, architecture, travel, cars, art etc.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 7, 2014 @ 12:45 | Reply

  15. interesting post…

    Comment by Leyla — December 7, 2014 @ 18:13 | Reply

    • Hi Leyla.

      I glad that You loved my post. Thank You commenting.

      Have a great start of new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 8, 2014 @ 08:37 | Reply

  16. These statues are truly impressive and so is your post dear Sartenada!.
    Sending you all my best wishes!. Aquileana😀

    Comment by Aquileana — December 8, 2014 @ 15:40 | Reply

    • Hello Aquileana.

      Oh, so kind comment. Thank You. It is always so nice to read comments in which my photography and information is appreciated highly.🙂

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 9, 2014 @ 08:15 | Reply

  17. Good evening.
    At the moment, Japan Times 12 / 9 is a 10:50 PM.
    Wooden statues of piece by piece, the sadness of the past war and hardship
    I have….
    To see this, felt the importance of peace! Of the
    It is a lovely thing ^ ^

    Comment by ❤ちえたん — December 9, 2014 @ 15:50 | Reply

    • Hello Tietan.

      How nice comment. I am very glad that You loved my post. Thank You.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — December 10, 2014 @ 08:08 | Reply

  18. Bonjour,
    Merci d’être venu sur mon blog ce qui me permet de faire ta connaissance. J’ai la double nationalité française et canadienne et présentement je vis dans les Alpes. Mes passions sont les animaux, la nature les randonnées en montagne et bien-sûr la photographie.
    Cette église avec les statues de bois est très originale.
    Bonne journée. Amicalement

    Comment by elisa-bonheurs — December 11, 2014 @ 12:19 | Reply

    • Bonjour Elisa.

      Quelle joye en lisant ton comentare si aimable. Merci beaucoup. Nous aimons aussi les randonnées, mais nous n’avons pas des montagnes, mais des collines nues. Ici une example presentant notre randonnées en Laponie.

      Au nord du Cercle Arctique 9

      Belle journée aussi.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 11, 2014 @ 12:38 | Reply

  19. Olá Matti.

    Está bastante interessante essa sequência de posts Estátuas de homens pobres (3).

    Grande abraço!

    Comment by Josenilton — December 14, 2014 @ 01:23 | Reply

    • Olá Zé.

      Obrigado pelo seu comentário! Estou muito feliz que você adorou-o.

      Feliz Domingo.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 14, 2014 @ 09:10 | Reply

  20. Hello my friend! Interesting 3 collections of photos of those paupers statues. I wish you a happy Christmas!

    Comment by Truels — December 16, 2014 @ 01:41 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      Thank You checking these posts, I am really glad! Happy Christmas to You and Yours.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 16, 2014 @ 10:49 | Reply

  21. Thank you for sharing these three posts, Matti. I had never heard of the pauper statues. What a fantastic venue to see all of them together. In fact I think I prefer the ones that haven’t been restored. They have much more charm. On the other hand, the restored ones will be better protected from the elements.

    Comment by Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers — December 31, 2014 @ 15:45 | Reply

    • Hello Janice.

      These post were very important to me, because I love these Paupers. I agree with You that the old ones have much more charm, but some of them needed to be rescued.

      New Year started and I wish to You a very Happy New Year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 1, 2015 @ 09:00 | Reply

      • You too Matti.

        Comment by Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers — January 1, 2015 @ 15:22 | Reply


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