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When no news had come from Svegder for a long
time his son Vanlande became ruler over Upsala do-
main in Svithiod. He was a great warrior, and with
his ships went far and wide waging war in other
lands. He came to Finland and conquered the Finns.
He received King Suon's daughter, Drifa, in marriage.
Having stayed over the winter in Finland he departed,
leaving Drifa behind, and promising to return in three
years. They had one son called Visbur. More than
three years elapsed and still Vanlande did not return.
Therefore, by means of witchcraft Drifa caused the
Nightmare Mara to tread upon him at night until he
died. The Swedes burned his body and raised a great
Bautastone to his memory.
During the early part of the historical era there
were living in the south-western part of Finland
certain tribes known as the Sumer and the Tavaster,
and in the East the Careler, and in the North the Lapps.
These people were divided into many small communi-
ties. They worshiped certain spirits in nature, both
good and evil, but also certain demigods with human
characteristics who gradually assumed the most im-
portant place in their rites. Among the objects of
their reverence was the old prophet known as Vanamoi,
who ruled over water and fire, and was the originator
of all civilization. He also discovered or originated
the art of poetry and music. When he touched his
harp the heart of the spiritual and temporal world
stood still. The Finns were lovers of song and music,
and they celebrated and worshiped their gods and he-
roes in certain popular songs and poetry which have
been preserved by the people and delivered from mouth
to mouth to the present time. These have been lately
collected and are known by the name of Kalavala
songs, a grand epic.