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Surma (Finnish mythology)

Surma is a character similar to Cerberus in the Finnish mythology of Kalevala. Surma is a terrible beast, embodies sudden, violent death and guards the gates of the Underworld or Tuonela to prevent escape. It is often described as being a large dog with a snake-tail and can turn you into stone (with a stare). An often-used Finnish metaphor is "surman suuhun" "into Surma's mouth", as if the victim was mauled to death by Surma.

Surma also means kill, or specifically "a kill" and the verb surmata, "to kill" or "to slay", is derived from it.

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