“In Karelia there was an ancient belief in the Sielulintu or Soul bird. The Sielulintu was thought to deliver the soul to newborn babies and also to transport the soul to the afterlife at the moment of death. It was believed the Sielulintu protected a persons soul at it’s most vulnerable; when dreaming, and it was tradition to keep a carved wooden bird by the bedside to keep the soul safe during sleep.”
Finnish Artist Sanna Annukka sells Soul Birds here.
Actually, i have always thought that birds – real birds that fly around – are somehow tied in with the souls of people & animals. And could this myth be where the legend of the Stock sort of comes from?