Which Finnish God Are You? The Powers of Tapio, Ahti, and Ukko

Updated on July 2, 2020
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Niina is a folklorist and a storyteller who loves to research and explore myths from all around the world.

Finnish mythology encompasses deep, shamanic layers.
Finnish mythology encompasses deep, shamanic layers. | Source

Quiz: Which Finnish God Are You?

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You Are Tapio

You are Tapio, Finnish god of the forest and hunt. You are a very grounded person who loves spending time outside in nature. As a lover of the outdoors, you have great respect for life. You are also a deep thinker and often seek out new things to learn.

Hunters would often pray to Tapio, asking him to make their hunts fruitful—they hoped for plenty of bear and deer to take home to their families. When Tapio actually appeared to humans, he took the form of an old man with a mossy beard and a distinctive cape made of moss and leaves.

Tapio was a powerful god; he ruled nature, and it was believed that he and his family lived in a great wooden mansion in the heart of the forest. In fact, both he and his huntress wife, Mielikki, had the ability to shape-shift themselves into bears. As this god, your energy is ancient, for Tapio was as old as the forest itself. He was a shamanic god who could teach a lot about the mysteries of nature and the healing powers of herbs and trees. He also spoke the language of all forest animals, for they were all part of his kingdom. As Tapio, your sacred tree is the spruce, and the seasons connected to him are spring and winter.

Tapio Trivia

Tapio is old Finnish and means ”the forest." In fact, we know Tapio was very influential in Finnish mythology because Finland used to be called Tapiola.

Ahti, God of Water and Seas
Ahti, God of Water and Seas

You Are Ahti

You are Ahti, Finnish god of water and seas. You always go with your intuition. You are very good at reading people, and you like to spend time with those who are truly genuine. You don't like to be the center of attention and your kind nature is what draws others to you.

Ahti ruled all waters—from the tiniest streams to the largest seas. He was the god of marine life and protector of fish, beaches, seashells, and sea birds. The symbol of Ahti was the trident, and he was described as a man with a distinctive beard made of seaweed. Ahti and his wife, Vellamo, both had the ability to create giant waves and rule the currents of all waters. It was believed that they lived in an underwater mansion where they kept magical cattle, sea-cows, and seahorses. If fishermen were disrespectful to the sea in any way, Ahti would sink their boat. If they were respectful, however, he would drive fish into their nets. In Finland, fishing has always been one of the most common trades. Therefore, Ahti was seen as a god of extreme importance because he was one of the gods who provided food for the Finnish people.

Today, Ahti's magic is still deep like the sea. He can be a powerful guide for those who wish to become more self-aware and who wish to identify their own purpose. Ahti is a great god to work with, especially for those who wish to develop their inner eye and psychic abilities.

Ukko, God of Sky, Thunder, and Fertility
Ukko, God of Sky, Thunder, and Fertility

You Are Ukko

You are Ukko, Finnish god of sky, thunder, and fertility. You know that life is made of both good and bad experiences, and you choose to seek out the good ones. Not one to only focus on yourself, bringing joy to the lives of others also brings you joy and contentment.

Ukko was a powerful god who reigned over many things. He was known as the god of fertility and abundance, yet he also ruled the weather, often bringing thunder and rain with him. It is therefore no surprise that the Finnish word for thunder, "ukkonen," is derived from Ukko. Unlike other gods associated with thunder, Ukko was not the god of war. He was instead seen as the god of love and prosperity; women often dedicated their love spells to Ukko in hopes that he would help them find husbands and have children.

In addition to all of these things, Ukko was also the god of communication and interaction. Therefore, today, he is a great god to work with if you wish to improve your communication and/or social skills. Being such a powerful and diverse god, it is not a surprise that Ukko was celebrated every summer in a festival full of good food, music, and dancing called Ukon Vakat.

Ukko Bonus History

Ukko is old Finnish and means ”old man” or "grandfather." It was an honorary title given to a man who had reached a very high age. His character is based on an even older primal god of air named Ilma.


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      17 months ago

      I've got Ukko. It is interesting for me because often times I despise sky deities. I do not like them because I find them kind of arrogant. I do not know why is that though. But I love earth and water deities. I think the time comes to work with sky gods, starting with contemplating about Ukko.

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      Niina Niskanen 

      20 months ago from Wrexham

      Cool! Mielikki and Tapio are some of my personal favorites.

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      Melissa Meadow 

      21 months ago from United States

      I got Tapio! Yay!

      I also got Mielikki in your goddess quiz! How wonderful!

      I agree wholeheartedly with my quiz results...LOVE this!

      Awesome and so fun. Bravo to you!

    • fairychamber profile imageAUTHOR

      Niina Niskanen 

      2 years ago from Wrexham

      Tapio is awesome )O( He and Mielikki are my favourites in Finnish mythology.

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      Kitty Fields 

      2 years ago from Summerland

      LOVE THIS! I am Tapio! Which makes sense because I love bears and I love Mielikki's story too. Thanks for an awesome quiz! I love taking quizzes like this. :)


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