Village of Lentiira - Prayers' Spot


A church built in 1812 at the Lentiira village of Karelia region in Finland has a name as Kirveskansan kirkko
which means a gchurch of people with knives and axesh.
It is said that the church building as the prayersf place was burnt down by invaded Soviet soldiers in 1940.
Though, after the war, a new church was built at near the center of village,
there is a memorial monument at the original spot.

This monument at a small village which I accidentally encountered while I was staying at Finland for a year,
was stuck at my mind even after I came back to my home in Japan.
It was the time I started visiting Shinto shrines to gaze objects called
gHimorogih, or gIwakurah, which gods exist within.

Since then, I have been researching this village of population 174 which shares its border with Russia.
For this time of world unstable, I am waiting to revisit this prayers' spot
with a hope that the border which amended in 70 years ago, will not be changed again.













































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