Leib-Olmai

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A forest spirit from the beliefs of the people of the North Baltic region. The Lapp Shamans invite the Leib-Olmai into their initiation ceremonies. Leib-Olmai’s name means Alder Man and is a guardian of the forest. He takes the form of a bear and is associated with the veneration and hunting of the bear. When people hunt for bears they use juice from an Alder tree. The bear shaped image of the Leib-Olmai features on sacred drums created by the Shamans.

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