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Friday, September 14, 2012

The creation of Lake Peipsi

Once upon a time, there was as a man named Kalevipoeg, who lived in a small village with his wife. One day a strange man came to the village who asked Kalevipoeg if he could stay at his place for a night. Kalevipoeg thought about it for a little while and decided to give him shelter.
The next morning when Kalevipoeg woke up, both his wife and the strange man were gone. He asked the village people if they had seen them leaving the village, but all of them replied that they hadn’t. He ran back home, took a loaf of bread and his sword, and set off to find his wife. He went the same way the strange man had come from. Kalevipoeg travelled for days. After days of endless walking he finally reached a village. When he walked closer, he was shocked. The village was burned to the ground. There were only a few survivors. He asked them what had happened. The village survivors said that there was a Devil carrying a woman and burnt the village down. He also told Kalevipoeg that the Devil went east. Kalevipoeg then realized the old man  who had stayed in his house was the Devil himself.
Kalevipoeg ran as fast as he could. He reached the Great Salt Desert. In the distance he saw two figures. One was his wife and the other one the Devil. He ran over there. When he arrived the Devil stabbed his wife with a pitchfork, to sacrifice her. Kalevipoeg began to shake with anger. His strenght was 10 times stronger than before. He took his sword and slashed the Devil into million pieces. Then he took his sword and sealed the entrance to Hell. However since his strenght was so big, the Great Salt Desert exploded, and there was a big hole. Over time, the hole began to fill with water. And that’s how Lake Peipsi was born.
Author: Johannes Solman, form 8B (14 years)
 Translation into English by the author
Teacher: Eva Pedaja

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