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Forest Mother by MaruTaud Forest Mother by MaruTaud
Forest mother (Estonian: metsaema) is sylvan deity from Estonian myhtology/ ethnic religion. I heard about her first time in 5th grade when I was on class excursion to Nõva. I think we visited some kind of wilderness preserve and guide told us folktales about local costline and forests. One was about forest mother and huge ancient pines called "hongad" (if I remember correctly they could talk to according to the folktale). Forest mother was the keeper of the forest and she wouldn't harm nobody unless someone had evil intention against the forest. She was described as white lady who could move like a ghost in the forest. Those stories freaked out many classmates and one point everybody kind of panicked and claimed they heard voices or saw ghostlike lady. :lol:
Some folklorist presume that in Estonians' prechristian belief there were no gods, but the elves/fairies ("haldjad", there is no difference in Estonian) as place spirits were the deities. In some places in Estonia sylvan deities were called forest mothers or forest fathers, in Mordvins folklore there is also a sylvan deity who is called forest mother.
My vision of forest mother is an elf woman in a white dress, who is part of the forest. If you wonder why there are lace and necklace tied to the brances then, it's because of an old tradition in hiidet (in Estonia they are holy forests) to tie lace, ribbons, necklace, belts and such to tree brances. The ornament/symbols around her are archaistic embroidery's motifs. :D

Please vote and fav and check out my other entry: [link] :dummy:
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tessieart333 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great t-shirt design (One of my favs out of all the designs)! I voted for you...Please check out my t-shirt designs & vote too if you wish...

"Fairy Magic-Tessie"
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"Mystic Unicorn-Tessie"
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_Tessie
<3
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GOKOYOKO Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
this is really nice I love the details
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ADYCS Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
super details!!


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RacieB Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
The color choices are very cool and work well with the shirt you picked, also I adore all of the animals hiding around and the plants peeking out at the bottom :meow:
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FischHead Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Nice detail! I really like your design! Check out my entry and let me know what you think [link] :la: !!
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GrfxImage Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
you got my vote, check out my entry on my page as well.
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parin81270024 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! very creative :)

voted
Please check out mine if u have time :)
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MissSandR Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
H e l l o ! :wave:
Your wonderful work of art has been featured here:
:star: [link] :star:
In #Forest-Dwellers Weekly Feature Poll!
Thanks for sharing your work
&
Have a wonderful day!!

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MaruTaud Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012   General Artist
Thank you so much and have wonderful day yourself too :hug:
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Asher629 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is breath-taking! It's amazing that you only used 5 colors, this design is soooooo creative. Guess I'm going to have to start wearing purple, I want this shirt!! Awesome design!!! You have my vote

If you'd like to requite, here's mine:
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Best of Luck!
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tajmajaj Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Faved and voted! I love the colours on this one and I would gladly wear it! :D
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MaruTaud Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012   General Artist
I'm glad you like it, thank you :meow:
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ARTbyAubree Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This one is very eye catching♥

Check out mine?♥: [link]
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UrukkiSaki Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work! Voted! Check mine if you like! :) [link]
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MaruTaud Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012   General Artist
Thank you. :)
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ReginesArtwork Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome! Featured [link]
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MaruTaud Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012   General Artist
thank you so so much :heart:
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ReginesArtwork Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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Legendora Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WOW! Best design I've seen so far.
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MaruTaud Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012   General Artist
Oh and don't forget to vote :)
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MaruTaud Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012   General Artist
Thank you very much :D
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RikkaPiko Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the way how she is part of the forrest. And thank you for so much info!
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MaruTaud Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012   General Artist
No problem, I'm glad that somebody actually read it :D
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RikkaPiko Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How could I resist? ;)
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very nice!!!!
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MaruTaud Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   General Artist
Thank you :aww:
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KimberlyJTphotoart Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent! Good luck with the contest
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:iconmarutaud:
MaruTaud Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   General Artist
Thank you :meow:
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