URALIC FAMILY HOME PAGE
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6. Cool Links, Finnish and other - linklist.htm
Medical Ozone and Alternative Therapies - ozone.htm
This web page is also about the rejection of the notion that being proud
of your origins is unpatriotic, nationalistic, or even racist. In today's
rapidly changing world, we need solid reference points about who we are and
where we came from. That is one reason I think that many people today are more
interested in their family history, and history in general. The Finno-Ugric
people are a group of people with common problems and interests,
linguistically and culturally related. Their struggle for survival is not
nationalism in the sense we have grown to understand it since WWII, but the
desire to live, thrive and not be absorbed by other nations - to retain
language and identity and live in peace. Diversity is good; with respect to native people, collectivism is bad. Nature loves diversity, only humans sometimes think everyone should be the same. The destruction of language as government policy is a form of genocide.
The largest political group of Finno-Ugric related people in the North are the Finnish people. This page contains first-hand information of Finland's own struggle against destructive forces that often rise up against these freedom-loving people. You will find a lot of information on the Finnish-Russian War, WWII. A collection of exclusive photos of the Continuation War on Laatokka (Lake Ladoga), Karelia, is presented in Antti's Photo Gallery.
When I first began this site, (c. 1996) a reader emailed me and asked me if I thought the Finnish language was in danger. It wasn't then. The Finnish language as I know it, is in danger now. This islet language is experiencing the assault of waves - linguistic waves, cultural waves - eroding the once proud Finnish shores, that were defended jealously. Call it nationalism if you wish, but I believe that the Finnish identity is worth saving. Finnish words are being junked in favor of English words, Finnish culture for Hollywood.
Joronen is an old Karelian name from Johannes, Kaukola, Kurkijoki, Hiitola, Parikkala, Simpelä, Käkisalmi, and Salmi, which covers the area from just East of Viipuri, Karjalan Kannas or Karelian Isthmus where my father's home was, (Karelians were forced out of their homes in 1944 in peace negotiations and relocated in Finland) to the Northeastern shores of Lake Ladoga. (Map) The Joro form is from Salmi and Suistamo. Today they are spread out all over Finland from Seinäjoki to Imatra. These two names also have the form Joroi which is from Nissilä and connected with the Orthodox Church. Family oral tradition states that our relatives originate from a house named Jorossoppi (35 km Northeast of Imatra). The word Joro is possibly derived from Roman Catholic Saint Georgius, or Jorgius, Jorgas, Jorres, Joris, which are of Germanic origin. It's meaning according to one Joro, is the nickname for "wolf" in old Finnish, or it can mean "one who does not speak much." Joronen is the diminutive of Joro, which would be "little wolf." (If you saw and heard my father, you wouldn't think it means the "little guy who doesn't speak much," because he is not little, and the stories just keep coming - about the war, as well as the lost Karelian way of life, and his beloved Viipuri.) This nickname for wolf or "susi" originates from the old Finnish/Karelian myth that to give a name such as wolf would be calling the wolf, whereas a nickname would keep the wolf away.
My grandmother on my father's side is Vanhanen from Rotjanlahti, Pyhäjärvi, on the north side of Lake Ladoga. I certainly recall her house when I was five, at Ruuhijärvi, the coffee grinder, aroma of brewing coffee, and her sharp spoons. My grandmother from my mother's side is from Uusikirkko, between Viipuri and Terijoki. My father's family is from Johannes. Most of my close relatives lived on the Karelian Isthmus, which is now in Russia, where it is hoped that one day they can return to their homes.
On my mother's side, my grandfather was very well known - Viktor Saarnio the Kouvolan Harmonikka (accordion) representative to Viipuri and environs (200 km radius). He was an expert accordion technician (to such accordionists as Vesterinen), and musician which might not sound like much, but in Finland it was an important trade. He moved to Viipuri from Kymi, which is not far from Karelia. To my knowledge, our ancestry is Lutheran.
I hope you like what you see and read. If you find a mistake, I would like to know about it, and I will correct it.
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