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Surma is a beast similar to Cerberus in the Finnish mythology of Kalevala.

Etymology

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

Description

Surma is often described as being a large dog with a snake-tail and can turn you into stone (with a stare).

Role

Surma is a terrible beast that guards the gates of the Underworld or Tuonela to prevent escape. An often-used Finnish metaphor is surman suuhun "into Surma's mouth", as if the victim was mauled to death by Surma.

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