This one took me a long time and lots of tries to put together but here it is, this week's LBC's entry:
Ursa Minor iow Smaller Bear.
The bear, being a sacred animal in Finland, is of course close to my heart as is. They're said to live in the constellation of Otava and Pieni Otava, which are the Finnish names for Ursa Major and Minor. From there they're lowered on to earth in a golden basket with chains of silver and once they die they have a chance of returning to their astral home, so hunters that kill a bear will host a ritual called Karhunpeijaiset to both apologize for killing it and help it back to the night sky. If you happen to visit Finland and see a bear skull on top of a pine tree don't be surprised - it was brought there deliberately as a part of the ritual. :D
(IDK why you'd kill a bear though, they don't taste very good.)
Why the Smaller Bear in particular? Mostly because the Pohjannapa, Polaris is a part of this constellation. Technically speaking Polaris is not only one but three stars that are closely together, it just looks like one big star. In Finnish Pagan belief this star is the middle of the lid of sky and holds it up, while the rest of the stars circle around it. It also wears a "necklace", a group of small stars around it.
Another influence behind this outfit are the Hesperides, seven sisters that the Ursa Minor is said to represent. By the way before you begin to make jokes about Northern and Southern Cross... don't.
Bustle dress, headdress, underskirt: selfmade
All else: off-brand
And let's not forget Ursa Minor Beta from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:
"Although it is excruciatingly rich, horrifyingly sunny and more full of wonderfully exciting people than a pomegranate is of pips, it can hardly be insignificant that when a recent edition of Playbeing Magazine headlined an article with the words, 'When you are tired of Ursa Minor Beta you are tired of life', the suicide rate there quadrupled overnight."
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