Weird. I must have been so busy and exhausted I’ve forgot this blog. Let’s just say the beginning of this year has definitely been more interesting than last year’s January. Perhaps it’s the small things that matter. We have had snow, freezing days but the days are growing longer, day by day, slowly.
Eternal Tears of Sorrow has been busy, once again, even though in a different way than last year. We have a brand new merchandise shop at http://shop.eternaltears.fi/ . Also, the album is out, which means a lot of interviews and questions like “What does Saivon Lapsi really mean?”
Well, Saivo is something like this:
The south Saami used to believe that the ancestors lived in holy mountains called saajve(aajmoe). In the north Saami area this word – in the form sáiva – refers to sacrificial sites and to holy lakes, often round, with no rivers flowing into them, believed to be paired with a vertical shaft leading down to a lower one. Probably this is the original meaning because there is broad agreement that saajve/sáiva is borrowed from proto-Scandinavian *saiwa-z, “sea.” This interpretation corresponds to the fact that the Saami shaman, the noaidi, predominantly used a fish as the vehicle of his soul when he went to the land of the dead and to the fact that going there was referred to as “diving”.
(From http://eldar-heide.net/Publikasjonar%20til%20heimesida/Heide%20Holy%20islands%202011.pdf )
There are many interpretations, but then again, the Saamic cultures and the Finnic cultures have been influenced by each other and also by the neighbouring cultures. So, I suppose the most relevant thing to say is “Saivo is one of the underworlds of the Sami people”.
And well, “Saivon” = “Saivo’s” or “of Saivo”, “lapsi” = “the/a child”, so “Saivon Lapsi” = “The/A Child of Saivo” or “Saivo’s Child”.
And yes, I finally managed to get the new version of our website online. http://eternaltears.fi/ is the place. It’s still far from perfect when using mobile devices or netbooks but I’ll get back to it a bit later.
- New Website! (etosofficial.wordpress.com)
- ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW To Release ‘Dark Alliance’ Single (bravewords.com)
- ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW – New Album Tracklisting Revealed (bravewords.com)
- ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW Release ‘Swan Saivo’ Video (bravewords.com)
- The Zen of Designing a Website… (goashem.wordpress.com)
- ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW: New Album Title Explained (blabbermouth.net)
- ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW: New Album Details Revealed; ‘Swan Saivo’ Video Released (blabbermouth.net)
- Swan Saivo – The Lyrics (etosofficial.wordpress.com)
- ETERNAL TEARS OF SORROW – Official Website Relaunched (bravewords.com)
- Shirt design contest by Eternal Tears of Sorrow! (etosofficial.wordpress.com)