the inuit pantheon
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The Inuit Pantheon varies slightly, depending on where the particular Inuit live. The sea and sea animals play an important role in the pantheon, as does the mythical figure of the raven. download as word document
AAKULUUJJUSI was the great creator mother among the Inuit people. She made the animals that feed humankind.
AKYCHA was the sun god of the Inuit in Alaska.
ALIGNAK was the god of the moon, storms, earthquakes and tides.
ANGUTA was known as "His Father", is responsible for conveying the dead to Adlivun where they must sleep for a year. The supreme being of the Inuit.
ANINGAN was the Moon god of the Inuit in Greenland (called Igaluk in Alaska).
ATSHEN was an Inuit cannibal spirit.
EEYEEKALDUK was the god of healing.
IDLIRAGIJENGET was a sea goddess.
IDLIRVIRISONG was the cousin of the sun.
IGNIRTOQ was the goddess of lightning.
IINUA is a concept of the spirit which resides in people, animals and geographic features, such as lakes mountains etc.
ISITOQ was a spirit who finds people who have broken taboos.
KADLU was the goddess of thunder (sometimes they are three sisters).
MALINA was the sun goddess of the Inuits who live in Greenland.
MATSHISHKAPEU was the Fart man of Inuit myth (also responsible for constipation).
NANOOK was the Bear god.
NEGAFOOK was the god of cold weather.
PANA took care of the souls of humans before they are reincarnated.
PINGA transported the souls of those who have died to heaven, and watches over the actions of humans.
RAVEN created the world and the first human beings.
SEDNA was the sea spirit and the goddess of the sea animals (Arnarquagsag in Greenland; Nerivik in Alaska). According to the myth Sedna now lives at the bottom of the sea (Adlivun) with the seals and other sea animals.
WENTSHUKUMISHITEU was a highly dangerous Inuit water spirit that was said to protect young animals, especially otters, from hunters.
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