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About akuivalainen

I am a Finnish Australian writer that is obsessed with magical wardrobes, doors, auroras and burial mounds that might offer me a way into another realm. Until then, I will write about fairytales, monsters, magic and mythology because that’s the next best thing.

Lust, mating and spells were the traditions of Vappu (Walpurgis Night) in the Old days of Finland

Originally posted on A Nordic Witch:
In the peasant culture Walpurgis Night, Vappu in Finnish, wasn’t a celebration of work, but a celebration of free-time, the traditions included banishing the beasts, the interaction between youth and the protective, magical force…

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Artemisia Gentileschi, a Baroque heroine for the #MeToo era

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Detail from Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, c. 1616. Her role playing predates by centuries the preoccupations of artists such as … Continue reading

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August Update

Hey Everyone, It’s been a while since I’ve done an update so I’ll try not to make it too long. The reason I’ve been so quiet on the blog and social media is that I’m under the pump to get … Continue reading

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Resurrecting the Ancient Wines of Pompeii

Originally posted on Timeless Italy Travels:
What did the earliest Roman wines taste like? Were the highly appraised wines of the first century really worth their legendary status? Will we ever know? List of suggested wines at bottom Mastroberardino Vineyard…

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Queens of Infamy: Eleanor of Aquitaine

Originally posted on Longreads:
Anne Thériault | Longreads | April 2018 | 16 minutes (4,246 words) From the notorious to the half-forgotten, Queens of Infamy, a Longreads series by Anne Thériault, focuses on badass world-historical women of centuries past. * *…

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Psst -Free Box Set Promo this weekend!

A quick heads up that both The Firebird Fairytales Boxset and The Western Wars Boxset will be Free on Amazon this weekend so its a perfect time to check them out and leave a review! They are also on Kindle Unlimited if … Continue reading

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May Update

Hey Everyone, Do you guys have months that are always out of control no matter how well you plan them? Every year it seems to my May. I had it all perfectly planned then it exploded and I’m running about … Continue reading

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