According to folklore, Bishop Henry (Henrik in Finnish) was traveling somewhere on ice, when the peasant Lalli showed up and killed him with his axe. Read the full story here.
When Lalli tried to remove the bishop’s ring from his finger, it likewise tore his finger off. Afterward, Lalli drowned in the lake Köyliönjärvi. Per the bishop’s last wish, his body parts were collected by his servants and transported with oxen. Where the oxen stopped became the site of the first church in Finland.
Oh, that Lalli. He was a bad boy! It’s actually an understandable reaction. What right did the bishop have to show up and eat his food without paying? In fact, what right did the crusaders have to show up and change the pagans’ way of life?
The story’s truthfulness is debatable, but it is the only thing Köyliö is famous for, so they’re holding onto it. There are only 2,771 people in Köyliö, so it’s small even by Finnish standards. Their crest, designed by Into Linturi and Yrjö Rintala in 1950, is simple and proud: the bishop’s hat. The axe. It’s all there. It happened HERE.
The Nousiainen crest, designed by Olof Eriksson in 1961, explores what would have happened if Lalli had failed. Or maybe this is in Heaven after Lalli drowned. In this picture, Bishop Henry is kicking Lalli, who’s very tiny and indignant-looking. Henry looks regal and Lalli looks like a little boy being reprimanded.
The Nousiainen church was apparently that first church built where Bishop Henry’s remains lie, and they had the seat of the bishop of Finland for a long time. I can see why they would be proud of it, but really this crest is just childish. Don’t be poor losers, Nousiainen! Henry died, you can’t bring him back. I’m sure he’ll get his revenge in heaven or something, sitting on a throne next to God. (if that’s what this crest is trying to say.)
This is the most violent pair of crests in Finland, murderous animals notwithstanding.