Madis Arukask (b. 1969) is an Estonian folklorist and religious researcher, co-professor of humanities at the University of Tartu. In 2003, he defended his doctoral dissertation “Aspects of Narrative Runic Song. Genre and structure of Seto lyoepic reggae songs of the end of the 19th century ”(supervisor Prof. Ülo Valk). For more than 20 years, he has been researching the Baltic Finnic peoples of Russia, focusing in particular on Veps folklore, magic and traditional ways of life. Madis Arukask is the author of more than 70 scientific publications. He is the chairman of the board of the Fenno-Ugric Institution and the president of the Estonian Academic Religious History Society. In recent years, he has led the discussion groups of the concert series “Sound and Language”, which connects Estonian and other world contemporary music with word art.