Inuit mythology is a repository of Inuit culture, passed down by elders through generations to enrich and enlighten. Ancient tools and art objects may lie preserved in the permafrost unharmed for countless centuries waiting to be discovered, but oral culture represents a valuable intellectual possession that, once lost, has no way of returning. Fantastic Beings from Inuit Myths and Legends A review of a highly recommended book about traditional stories that offer important life lessons to Inuit children.
Bob Strauss is a freelance writer and editor with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. Listening to Our Past Click on the images to hear brief traditional stories based on Inuit concepts and practices from a time when the lives of Inuit people were less impacted by foreign influence.
What's more, the subterranean movements of Apep were said to cause earthquakes, and its violent encounters with Set, the god of the desert, spawned terrifying thunderstorms. Further Reading Z. In The Canadian Encyclopedia.
Ancient Inuit oral traditions were employed as the most important method of conveying and preserving ideas, augmented sometimes by small carvings that may have served as illustrations for events. The origins of this figure hark back to Egyptian prehistory—during the pre-dynastic period, Uraeus was associated with the now-obscure goddess Wadjet, who presided over the fertility of the Nile Delta and lower Egypt.
Like all mythology, Inuit myths and legends are both entertaining and instructive. The Inuit designated the powers of good and evil to deities living in a spirit world closely entwined with the starkly beautiful northern landscape.
Angakkuiit Shaman Stories A video that features stories of personal connections to shamanism in Inuit culture.
Later details about the mythical phoenix, such as its periodic destruction by fire, were added much later, but there is some speculation that even the word "phoenix" is a distant corruption of "Bennu. Francophone Association of Nunavut. Some mythologists, like David Leeming, are more relaxed in their approach to defining myths and legends, and include both in the category of mythology.
Arima, Eskimo Stories: The legend of Lumiuk Lumak, Lumaag tells of an abused blind boy who finds refuge in the sea, where he recovers his sight and ends his abuse.
Accessed 26 February 2019. Below, you'll discover the eight most important monsters and mythical creatures of ancient Egypt, ranging from the crocodile-headed chimera Ammit to the rearing cobra known as Uraeus. Since both eagles and lions are hunters, it's clear that the Griffin served as a symbol of war, and it also did double and triple duty as the "king" of all mythological monsters and the staunch guardian of priceless treasures.
James Houston. Inuit storytellers continue to remodel old myths and create new legends. Thus, many programs exist to promote the use and understanding of traditional Inuit myth and legend. The stories reinforce a close relationship with all of nature, as well as the belief that animals have the magical power to hear and understand human words.
Dreams have always played an important part in the lives of Inuit, perhaps serving as the basis for some myth forms. Not to be confused with the demon snake Apep, Uraeus is a rearing cobra symbolizing the majesty of the Egyptian pharaohs.
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