The etymological research undertaken for Finngreek suggests a possible connection between Helleno-Uralic contact and oracular activity.
Holy, Sacred = Pyhä = Pythā = Πῡθώ, Πῡθῐ́ᾱ
Pythā (the Finngreek form of Πῡθώ) means ‘Pytho(n)’. Pytho is the ancient name of Delphi, and the Python was the monstrous snake which lived at the Oracle when it was dedicated to Gaia (the Earth), until it was slain by Pythian Apollo, making the Oracle of Delphi instead dedicated to him. The Pythia was the high priestess of the Oracle, and the one who breathed the sacred fumes in order to give prophecies to her supplicants. Finnish Pyhä, from reconstructed Proto-Finno-Permic *pišä (with which I disagree), has an interesting duality along with its Uralic cognates: The descendant terms (except for Finnic and Samic) primarily have a strongly negative meaning, including ‘unholy, heathen, sin, dirty’, and ‘foul’. I wonder about whether this might have implications for the “evil” that was the Python; or even conversion from paganism to other religions. Regardless, the resulting Finngreek term is Pythā (-ā because ä = a, ā = ω). This analysis comes with more terms:
Man, Slave, Servant = Orja = Orjā(n) = Ορεάν/Ορειάν
Perfume, Incense = Tuoksu = Thuosku = Θύος/Θυοσκόος/Θυοσκοπία/θυΐσκη/Θύλημα < Θύω
Storm, Wind, Future; To come = Thulla, Thuuli, etc.* < Θύελλα/Θυέλλη < Θύω
(*There is a great deal of variety to this term: Thullea, Thule, Thulli, and so on.)
Starting with Orjā: The Finnish term Orja (slave) has been compared with ‘Aryan’, but it is unknown where both terms come from. Finngreek offers an alternative etymology for Orja, being Ορεάν(ες), which is the term for ‘men’ in the Pythia’s mystical language that she spoke at the Oracle of Delphi. The semantics of ‘slave, servant’ from Uralic reflexes, if stemming from Ορεάν, would not describe the life of a typical slave, but the (presumably male) attendants of the Pythian high priestess. While I am not aware of the gender composition of the Pythia’s servants, one myth involves her sentencing Herakles to be the slave of Queen Omphale of Lydia for a year, as punishment for having had slain Iphitus of Oechalia.
(Top picture: Hercules and Omphale, by Jacopo Amigoni)
The Greek Θύω (To sacrifice, burn, consult [an oracle]; to rush in, storm, rage), may have resulted in a wide array of terms in Finnish and Greek. This includes Greek Θύελλα (Storm), Θύος (Burnt sacrifice), Θυοσκόος (The sacrificing priest), Θυοσκοπία (Divination), θυΐσκη (Incense holder), Θύλημα (Incense), along with many other terms; as well as Finnish Tulla (To come), Tulva (Flood), Tuleva (Future), Tuuli (Wind), Tuulahdus (Breeze, Gust, Waft, Blowing), and Tuli (Fire).
I hypothesize that these terms all illustrate the experience of the Oracle: Receiving a prophecy from the holy “Priestess of the Python”, during which she was intoxicated with the sweetly perfumed, smoky vapors rising from under the earth. However, I’m not sure whether this contact period would specifically involve the Oracle of Delphi, as it seems more likely to me that Mycenaean Greeks would have settled among Proto-Uralic peoples along the Baltic Sea, versus Proto-Uralic peoples settling in Greece. Perhaps another oracle could have even been established somewhere in the Finngreek contact area.
If so, there may be a treasure trove of unknown ancient history that has yet to be attested, involving a Pythia and her Oreanes, journeying against the “Borjoisthule” (North wind) to reach some sort of Uralic answer to Hyperborea. Perhaps the explanation for my Helleno-Uralic isogloss is that Pre-Proto-Finngreek – the Greek language that was loaned into Proto-Uralic – ultimately originated from some High Priestess of a Northern Oracle.