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Forest Mother by DamselBirch Forest Mother by DamselBirch
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

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tessieart333 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
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:icongokoyoko:
this is really nice I love the details
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ADYCS Jul 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
super details!!


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:iconracieb:
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 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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you got my vote, check out my entry on my page as well.
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parin81270024 Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! very creative :)

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

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DamselBirch Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much and have wonderful day yourself too :hug:
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Asher629 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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