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Karelian people, as Scandinavian and German tribes of the Northern Europe, since ancient times used Runes in their everyday activities, as well as in their mystic rituals. Rune alphabet emerged by the various representatives of the Karelian People in the IX-X centuries and since then existed always. Ancient Runes, used by the Karelian people, were a system of pictograms, reflecting the forces and events of nature, which were engraved in stone, wood and metal and served as symbols of the effective Godly protection and aid in various life situations. 

In Karelia, as in most countries of the Northern Europe, the most wide spread was the German option of the Runic alphabet – the so-called older «FUThARK» (by the appellation of its first six letters: F, U, Th, A, R and K). This Runic alphabet is divided into three groups with eight letters each: Freyja’s runes, Hagalla’s runes Tyr’s runes with the addition of one empty Odin’s rune. Thus, Karelian version of «FUThARK» consists of 25 runes, each of which has its own name, symbol and, inherent only to it, specific divine attributes.

Runes served as effective talismans, averter and magic weapons – female prophetess. Fortune telling with the use of runes became one of the main traditions of the Karelian People. In ancient times the secret of fortune telling on Runes was possessed only by Chieftains and Volvas – pythoness women.