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"Raatikko" is a traditional Finnish song and dance. The song tells of a mountain in southern Finland, Kyöpelinvuori, which is known in Finnish mythology as the place haunted by the spirits of virgins who die young.
Raatikkoon, Raatikkoon vanhat piiat pannaan. (Repeat)
Tuonne, tuonne Kyöpelinvuoren taa, ettei niitä, ettei niitä, vanhat pojat taa. (Repeat)
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For a general history of Finnish folk music, see Makinen, Timo and Seppo Nummi. Musica Fennica: An Outline of Music in Finland. Translated from Finnish by Kingsley Hart. Octava: Helsinki, 1985, especially the first chapter; for a broader survey of Scandinavian folk music – though it does not directly deal with Finland -, see Yoell, John H. the Nordic Sound: Explorations into the Music of Denmark, Norway, Sweden. Crescendo Publishing: Boston, 1974, 30-32. For some discussion, see Laura Stark, “Narrative and the Social Dynamics of Magical Harm in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Finland,” in de Blecourt, Willem & Owen Davies, eds. Witchcraft Continued: Popular Magic in Modern Europe. Palgrave: New York, 2004, 69-88.
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Hamari, Walfred. 1988. “Raatikko.” NA2095, CD2121.12. Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, Raymond H. Fogler Special Collections Department, University of Maine.