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Friday, January 26, 2007

Laestadius, the Musical (I kid you not)

Wait no longer, music-loving Laestadians (current and former alike). There is now a musical, or "uupera"about our man Lars Levi. It is written by Bengt Pohjanen, who has extended a personal invitation to extoot readers:
"I have just written a libretto for a musical or folkopera about Laestadius. It will be performed on that place i Kengis (south of Pajala) where Laestadius worked. The famous composer, Kaj Chydenius i Helsinki, will compose the music. So I think that this event could be of interest for many in Ex-toots."

Ok, I'm going! "Stranger in a Strange Land" will be there, too. We'll probably aim for a show the last weekend of June.

Give it some thought . . . and if you'll be my translator, I'll buy your theatre ticket.


  1. I need to post on this thread, also because I am looking for service times for Battle Ground OALC. Would like to visit there dont know who to call. Not posted on sign why not? Can OALCer or someone let me know? thanks

  2. Brush Prairie 10 AM
    Battle Ground 10 AM and 2 PM
    ....except last Sunday of month is Communion Sunday when morning services are at 9, not 10.

  3. This may be of interest


  4. philomath- am I a little slow or do I just not catch on very fast? I dont understand why that would be of interest. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Thanks for the link, Phyllomath. For those that didn't follow it, there is a film coming out in the fall (by Nils Gaup, the director of The Pathfinder). It covers the "Kautokeino rebellion" that gave LLL a great deal of grief and was probably the lowest point of his life. The short of it: In 1852 in the village of Kautokeino, the Saami gave up liquor when they joined Laestadius' revival movement. That of course cut into the liquor merchant's profits (he was also the sheriff). He conducted sham trials, jailed some Saami and got the church to outlaw the revival meetings. Faced with losing their own livelihoods, the Saami rebelled. In a riot, the liquor merchant was killed. Several of the rebels were given long prison terms (one wrote a prison diary) and two of them were executed by beheading. The director is a descendant of one of the executed men.

    Somewhere in his writings, Laestadius defends himself against those who accused him of fomenting violence.

  6. Free, will you buy my airfare as well? :-)

  7. free,


    tissue thin sheets of pastry used especially in Greek dishes


    beloved or loving


  8. Holy Vesuvius.

    Phyllo = flaky

    Was my lightmindness was too covert? Sorry, Feelomatt. No offense.

  9. the_pile o' wrath1/27/2007 01:44:00 PM

    free, yowza in return. Of course I got it, and no offense taken.

  10. WishTheTripWasFree2me1/27/2007 03:16:00 PM

    I've got an idea for you, cvow. Purchase a new Volvo from the plant in Gotenberg. They'll give you an 8% discount off MSRP and two RT tickets plus ship your car home for you when you are done tootling around Scandahoovia.

  11. Dear oalcers, please stay on the blog! :) And please don't disappoint me, I need more proof for my theory that Americans are equipped with better debating skills and internet behavior than Finns! ;) I've been following the OALC related internet discussions in both Finnish and English for a few years, and I must say that all these years the Americans have been relatively nice to each other while the Finns have been (virtually)killing each other. It's not just the OALCers and ex-OALCers, but it's also the ex-OALCers bashing each other, and actually also the OALCers bashing other OALCers. So, please participate and provide more support for my good impression of the American debating culture! :)

  12. LLLreader sez: To theofros--WHAT!!! I think of Finns as being nonconfrontive!! Is it the anonymous factor that allows for the animated animosity?

  13. Many Trails Home1/28/2007 12:20:00 PM

    Theo, I think part of the reason is that our INTENTION is not to debate but to learn and "heal." But I do think we (Americans) are several jumps ahead, if previous posts by Finns are any indication. They (generalizing) seem to have some deficiency in the reasoning dept.

    In support of 4eyes, I would like to share a joke I read today - hope you guys don't mind some levity thrown in here. This is a . . .
    TRUE DOG STORY (with a moral!)
    A blind man was flying from Seattle to San Francisco with his guide dog and the plane had a lay-over in Sacramento. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay and if the passengers wanted to get off the plane, they must re-board in one hour. Everyone got off except the blind man. He had obviously flown this very flight before because the pilot approached him, calling him by name, and said, "Keith, we're in Sacramento for an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?"
    The blind man replied, "No thanks, but maybe my dog would like to stretch his legs."
    Picture this: All the people in the gate area came to a standstill as they looked up and saw their pilot walk off the plane with a guide dog! He was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. Not only did they try to change planes, they tried to change airlines!
    Moral: Things aren't always as they appear.
    Have a great day! MTH

  14. LLLreader, it's the Swedes that are conflict averse, not the Finns. The Finns have a much more aggressive attitude, which becomes visible in many ways in the society. For example, there's a significant difference in the corporate leadership style between Finnish and Swedish leaders.

    If you agree with a Finn, you will be his friend, if you disagree with him, you will be his enemy, and the hell will be loose. :)

    MTH, I think you are probably right about the somewhat different intention of the sites, but it doesn't explain why I see the same kind of difference between Finnish and American Orthodox discussion boards. I think one reason might be that American schools put more emphasis on debating skills, which is still quite uncommon in Finnish schools.

  15. My dad was a typical stoic Finn, but he would have loved the blind dog story...his favorites were the ones that were pretty dry.

    I don't know about confrontative, but stubborn? Till the day they die! Of course, why would they say Finns have sisu? A non-combative bunch wouldn't have kicked the Russian's butts in the war.