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Tuonela is the underworld, the realm of the dead, in Finnish mythology. Like other underworlds from mythology, it sits on an island and is reached by crossing a river. It is ruled over by the god Tuoni, and his wife Tuonetar, who serves as ferrywoman and hostess. 

This realm appears in the Kalevala when Väinämöinen travels there seeking knowledge. 

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