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Mikael Agricola

Mikael Agricola
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Copyright: Paavo Sjogard (Solkku) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 27] (497)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-09
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 12-24mm F/4.5-5.6 EX HSM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-10 12:30
Viewed: 1916
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"Mikael Agricola, was born in Pernaja, Finland, about 1510. He went to school in Viipuri and then in the cathedral town of Turku. The bishop of Turku, a Dominican monk, sent him to study at Wittenberg, where he met Luther and Melanchthon, and upon returning home, became rector of the cathedral school and eventually assistant to the bishop. On the death of the bishop in 1554, he was consecrated as the new Bishop of Turku without papal approval, and carried out a relatively conservative program of reform along Lutheran lines, retaining traditional doctrines and practices wherever he did not see scriptural grounds for rejecting them.

Mikael saw the importance of worship and teaching in the Finnish language. He accordingly established rules of orthography which are the basis of modern Finnish spelling, and wrote an Aapinen (primer), a prayer book (with other information), a translation of the New Testament, and a translation of the Liturgy. He translated many hymns into Finnish, and collected hymns that had been written or translated by others. He also took pains to learn what he could about the ancient pre-Christian myths and folklore of the Finnish people. He is accounted the father of written Finnish.

His accomplishments as a bishop are the more impressive when we remember that they took place in a short time. Three years after he became bishop, he was sent to negotiate a treaty with the Russians, and on his return fell ill and died suddenly, in his forties."

So that's the story of the most important person for the present Finnish language.

This photo was taken yesterday at Pernaja, Finland where there is this statue of Mikael Agricola. I changed the background to something more dramatic. Hope you like it. Comments and critiques are welcomed.


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paavo! very good sepia and contrast..
I like your photo

like this one because of the strange sky ... verrrrrrry dramatic, good work

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  • lobo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 73 W: 0 N: 0] (3)
  • [2005-10-10 22:45]

nice one..shadows and lights...cheers

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