Wednesday, 22 June 2016

1458 : Rakastaa, Rakastaa, Rakastaa


BALTIC BUNDLE 3 : HAVIS AMANDA STATUE, MARKET PLACE, HELSINKI

Havis Amanda is the name given to a nude statue sighted within a fountain surrounded by four spurting sea lions near the Market Place in Helsinki. Dating from the beginning of the twentieth century, the statue is supposed to symbolise the rebirth of Helsinki. It would appear that there is a legend that Havis Amanda "patronises men's sexual potency". Some men believe that washing one's face with water from the fountain and shouting "Rakastaa!" (Finnish verb for loving someone) three times increases their sexual ability.

3 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

And did you? Wash your face and shout? Inquiring minds want to know...

Karen S. said...

Oh my, what a capture, and what a gorgeous sky too!

L. D. said...

What a surprise to know that you are in Helsinki. I guess you are on a voyage or an adventure that causes you to be visiting a great fountain. I have some great things to say in response to the fountain's story but I will behave.