The symbol appears on a number of old objects in Northern Europe. It features prominently on an image stone from Hablingbo, Gotland, Sweden that was created between 400–600 AD.
In Finland, the symbol was painted or carved on houses, barns and everyday objects such as tableware to protect them and their owners from evil spirits and bad luck. Oldest known findings are decorations on a pair of 1000-year-old, pre-Christian wooden skis.


Student: Master’s Degree Studies in Archives and Records Management (Folkloristics is my major so the emphasis is on historical and cultural archives)

Along with studying I’m currently working as a district court secretary. Besides this, I have the chance to work as a substitute (when needed) for the archivist of Finland Proper District Court. So lots of papers with crime and civil procedures.


1. I have a ” Hannunvaakuna” (in finnish) or Saint John’s Arms or Saint Hannes Cross on my right wrist. Traditionally it is meant to protect from evil and the four points of the design also represent the four directions. Amongst other historical uses, it was carved into all sorts of things in pre-Christian Finland to ward off evil spirits and bad luck.For me it is not a religious symbol. I find the design beautiful and this tattoo represents my endless interest in old things, different cultures and all that.

2. My second tattoo is an old padlock on my left shoulder blade. I have always loved (especially old) locks and keys. For me this tattoo has also a deeper meaning to it. It represents my introvert side and some darker, hard times that I’ve had in my life.