What other books do these stories remind the students of? Ask them to relate as many of the stories as they can remember from childhood. What do these stories try to explain?
Ask the students to debate whether these stories are for children alone, or whether they might have something to teach adolescents or adults as well.
What other creation myths do students know? What other myths explain the way things are, and where crafts come from?
Ask students whether they have traveled to Finland. What were their impressions. Are the tales from the Kalevala still in circulation? Do they compare with American or European epics?
Comparing with other epics
What other epic poems do the students know? How is the Kalevala like the Iliad, the Odyssey, or the Old Testament? How is it different? How does it compare with the Aenied...
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