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#1    Big Bad Voodoo

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:46 PM

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Inuit writer Rachel Attituq Qitsualik:
“The Inuit cosmos is ruled by no one. There are no divine mother and father figures. There are no wind gods and solar creators. There are no eternal punishments in the hereafter, as there are no punishments for children or adults in the here and now.“

We all know legacy of Rome, China, British empire, Ottoman empire and similar great empires. We often speaks about mysteries, religion, philosophy, art, architecture, science of many civilizations,cultures, empires, states. We often connect one civilization with their trademark. For example when we think on Egyptians we first think on their architecture. Their pyramids.

I want to discuss a little about Eskimos. When I think on them I think on their architecture- Igloo (which literaly means home and which stuns me since outside temperature might be -50 C and inside Igloo 10 C). However I immediately think on Eskimo kiss (kissing with noses, kayak/qayaq, 100 words for snow (which is not true) ,qamutik or dog sldeges, their dogs, Alaskan Malmut, their merciless againts enemies but then again openminded people who would have open marriages, divorces, polygamy. I read stories how Inuits will gave their wives to guest of their house. In fact I think on more things when think on Eskimos then some other greater civilization. When I start research about Eskimos I wanted to explore idea about theiry mythology which I found interesting then I hit in few others mysteries which I will try to discuss here too. (I also didnt knew that Greenland is now part of Dermark kingdom but state on their own with cca 60 000 Eskimos)

So who are Eskimos? Eskimo is term used for group of people such as Inuit,Yupik and Aleut who lived from Siberia trough north America to Greenland. Their language is Eskimo Aleut which we divide in Aleut and Eskimo languages which we again dived in Inuit and Yupik.
Eskimo belive that animals as humans have souls. By killing animal or human is almost same. Spirit of killed person animal could hunt you down. Who know what those people think in freezing thriller when they saw  aurora borealis or northern lights, some might think thats their pass away family members some thats gods, spirits, giants. Even nowdays Eskimo people told their legend , story to scare their childs that if you whistle to aurora that those lights will spilt your head. For their shamans, healers called Angakkuq lights represent many things. Angakkuq or Angakkuit were adviser of communities but not leaders. They summoned and unsommoned spirits to help people. Interesting that  Angakkuq was not trained you are born this way. When Inuits went to hunt they ask their Angakkuq for asistance. When couple wants a child they ask for advice. Eskimos believe that their body have many souls. If some spirit or some shaman steal one of your souls you become sick. To get back your stolen soul you must ask help from Angakkuq. Angakkuit of Netlisk often made amulets for protection. Those healers in many group of Eskimo tatto people, like Yupik for example. Some shamans practice fortune telling the spirits who would answer with „yes“ or „no“.  I will go back later to their mythology.

I often find very interesting fact that those tattoo-ed people who have good relations to animals called Yupik lived in Alaska and in Siberia in todays Russia.  So when we speak who discover America we must first look to those people I guess if we again ignore other native americans.  But to say that Vikings dicover it, is wrong in sense because when Vikings came they fight with Eskimos.  Also what I find interesting is fact that when Venetian Marco Polo came in China he got , now already famous, Map with a boat which have drawn Alaska on it. And its known fact that Colombus was influenced by Polo. It gets even better, those people in China, Jurchens or Manchu were different from Chinese. They are Tungusic peoples. Such as Evenks,Evens, Negidals,Nani people,Oroch people,Orok people,Oroqen people,Udege people,Ulchs,Xibe.  In siberia beside Siberian Tiger lives many diffrent group of peoples. Such as Ket,Evenks (which have tents like native american), Slavic, Tatars, Chukchi, Koryaks which are Chinese Indians, Lamuts-Evens, Alyutors, Yukagir , Huns, Scythians ,Turkic Uyghurs and so on. So could it be that knowledge of Americ a traveled  from Yupik trough Siberian people to Manchu then to Maro Polo. I realy see why not. Even if Polos map of America isnt what it seems to be then again knowledge about America most probably traveled to China trough Siberia. Which is in a sense center of the world most  the time with exception of some era.  We can easy imagine how troguh trading information traveled to China trough "sleeping land" (Sib-ir on Tatar Turkic). If so Yupik is one we should look to. Personally I belive that information about America from Yupik came cross frozen tundra to China wall.
Now lets go again on other side. On America-Greenland-Europe connection. We all know that Vikings have close contact with Inuits or  Skraelings and that some whale hunter will stuble upon Eskimo kayaks or Igloos but till 1940s Inuits have been isolated people. Like some todays Amazon tribes. Only their jungle was ice empire.  After World war 2 and with invention of aircraft rest of the world start to explore Ice cap more often. Cold war begun and radar stations emerged as well as air bases.
What I found interesting is that after Vikings abandon Greenland in cca 1550 Eskimo meet new guests- Basque whalers. Basques established settlement in Red Bay on Labrador coast. Inuits again shown that they are hostile to outsiders by looting settlements.

http://www.heritage....ion/basque.html

I recently started thread about how Vikings didnt bring germs to new world and how we didnt see pandemics in north america as in south with Pizzaro and Cortes. Some members gave explaination, however some explaination are not good since Eskimo (Thule culture) came on Greenland during 13 century and there they meet Vikings once again. Maybe even Dorset culture  met with Vikings who were before Thule on Greenland. Anyway, what if Eskimo and Europeans melt before?

Lets start with historical facts. Eskimos are descendants of Thule culture. According to anthroplogists because of dog sledges Thule culture spread from Siberia cca 1000 AD and pushed Dorset culture. Those Dorset culture newcomers Thule people called Tuniit. According to Eskimo those Tuniits were Giants. Those Giants or Dorset culture were active in area from 500 BC to 1902 AD. Most of Dorset culture disapear to 1400s but small group at Hudson Bay on Coats, Walrus, and Southampton islands survived. We call them Sadlermiut and their language is unknown for us. Inuit used to talk with them using pidgin. However since their culture melt with Thule possibly and genes too melted.  Interesting Eskimo is once again culture that speaks about Giants. But maybe there were giants after all and not just that blond too.

Nicholas Tunes ,capptain of Dutch ship, in 1656 sailing trough Davis strait observed Inuit with their bronze skin and also tall people different then Inuits. Lutheran missionary Hans Egede wrote in 1720s that he saw blonde,white,tall people in Greenland.William Edward Parry said that some people in Canad have European look. In 1824 British navy officer John Franklin said that he spoke with Blonde Eskimo and that he had facial hair.  North pole explorer Knud Rasmussen in 1903 said that  he found blonde Eskimos in Greenland and parts of Canada.In 1910 Vilhjalmur Stefansson visited the Copper Inuit  and stressed out that they " looked like typical Scandinavians".

From wiki:
In his book My Life with the Eskimos, Stefánsson proposed several explanations for these physical features:
-Early mixture with Norse colonists from Greenland;
-Mixture with European whalers;
-Ancient migration of European-like people from across the Bering Strait;
He rejected the second explanation because "if the mixing of races is so recent, it would appear that it should be most conspicuous farther east where the whalers had their headquarters, fading away as one goes westward. The opposite is the case".

So Tuniits were Giants. What if Tuniits were blond tall giants? How did they came there. Were they Vikings? Or maybe some people from todays Russia? Why not, If Thule crossed Bering strait why Slavic couldnt or some else Blond people from Euroasia?

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:48 PM

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:50 PM

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Illustration from Charles Francis 1865

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:09 PM

Sedna is godess and main characther in creation myth in Eskimo culture. Sedna was giant according to Eskimo mythology. Sedna story have many versions. In one she gets hungry and attack her parents  or in one married to a dog and her dad Anguta throws her from his kayak and cuts her fingers and sinks to ocean. She becom godess of depths and her fingers whales and seals. This is one version from wiki :


Other versions of the legend depict Sedna as a beautiful maiden who rejects marriage proposals from the hunters of her village. When an unknown hunter appears, Sedna's father agrees to give her to him as wife in return for fish. Sedna's father gives Sedna a sleeping potion and gives her to the hunter who takes her to a large nest on a cliff, revealing his true form: a great raven. She wakes surrounded by birds. Her father attempts to rescue her, but her husband the bird creature becomes angry, causing a great storm. In desperation, Sedna's father throws her into the raging sea. Attempting to cling to the kayak, her hands freeze and her fingers fall off becoming the creatures of the sea. She falls to the bottom of the sea and grows a fish tail.
Sedna is kidnapped by a different bird creature in yet another version. Her father then leaves in his kayak to rescue her from the floating ice-island where she is imprisoned while the bird creature is away. The creature, enraged by her disappearance, calls to a spirit of the sea to help him. The sea spirit locates the kayak with the two humans aboard and creates huge waves to kill them. Her father throws Sedna overboard in the hope that this will appease the angry god. Sedna clings to the kayak but her father grabs a little axe and chops three of her fingers off before striking her on the head. The three fingers each become a different species of seal. The stroke to her head sends Sedna to the ocean floor where she resides, commanding the animals of the sea.

Again we have Giants from the beging.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:43 PM

We have discovery of America, Blond Eskimos and Giants and it becomes better.
To be continued.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:42 PM

Tornits or Saumen kars are Inuit Yeti. So againt in cold snowy area we have creature that people say they saw in Tibet and China.

Here is sketch of Polo map.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:39 PM

Thanks for this very interesting thread L .. I've always thought Eskimos were so fascinating and mystical.

The legend of Sedna is a very lovely one. And about the giants, well, it just goes to show that sooo many ancient cultures had some legends about them.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 02:20 PM

Very interesting, thank you for taking the time and sharing it.  I got the opportunity a long time ago to experience the culture it's all good. I didn't care for the food tho.:)


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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:46 PM

View PostNinhursag, on 05 October 2012 - 01:39 PM, said:

Thanks for this very interesting thread L .. I've always thought Eskimos were so fascinating and mystical.

The legend of Sedna is a very lovely one. And about the giants, well, it just goes to show that sooo many ancient cultures had some legends about them.

Thanks Nin. Yup Giants are almost in all mythologies. But in Eskimo case not just in myths.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:48 PM

View Postemberdawn, on 05 October 2012 - 02:20 PM, said:

Very interesting, thank you for taking the time and sharing it.  I got the opportunity a long time ago to experience the culture it's all good. I didn't care for the food tho. :)

Thanks. It was my pleasure.

Today I will watch  movie Atanarjuat.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285441/

I heard that was must see movie if you are interested in eskimos.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:16 PM

View Postthe L, on 02 October 2012 - 09:46 PM, said:

So Tuniits were Giants. What if Tuniits were blond tall giants? How did they came there. Were they Vikings? Or maybe some people from todays Russia? Why not, If Thule crossed Bering strait why Slavic couldnt or some else Blond people from Euroasia?

I had always believed that Siberia was the home of various northern peoples, European and Mongoloid, and that they have spread out from there. When the Yermak expidition crossed the Urals they were not simply conquering the land to the East, they were, unknowingly, returning home. Hmm, getting slightly mystical, Hyperborea is Siberia and Midgard is underneath Omsk, and there were certainly giants there
http://slavs.org.ua/...s/ivanov/07.jpg

Edited by Atentutankh-pasheri, 05 October 2012 - 06:18 PM.


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Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:25 AM

View PostAtentutankh-pasheri, on 05 October 2012 - 06:16 PM, said:

I had always believed that Siberia was the home of various northern peoples, European and Mongoloid, and that they have spread out from there. When the Yermak expidition crossed the Urals they were not simply conquering the land to the East, they were, unknowingly, returning home. Hmm, getting slightly mystical, Hyperborea is Siberia and Midgard is underneath Omsk, and there were certainly giants there
http://slavs.org.ua/...s/ivanov/07.jpg

Hyperborea could be north of Thrace but not East North, anyway I adore those Ivanov pics? On wiki said that he is writer, are you familiar with his work?

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:43 AM

View Postthe L, on 06 October 2012 - 11:25 AM, said:

Hyperborea could be north of Thrace but not East North, anyway I adore those Ivanov pics? On wiki said that he is writer, are you familiar with his work?

I like to believe Hyperborea is Siberia :D
There are several men with name Vsevolod Ivanov.
The artist Vsevolod Ivanov was born in 1950. He is often confused with the famous Soviet writer of same name who was born in 1895. I think the confusion is because the older Ivanov, apart from writing novels about the revolution from Bolshevik perspective, had mystical ideas from his early years in Kazakhstan and Omsk.

The artist is here
http://slavs.org.ua/vsevolod-ivanov

The writer is here
http://ru.wikipedia....ови‡

There is an English book "The occult in Russian and Soviet Culture". The writer Ivanov has an entire chapter devoted to him. If he were still alive I think he would be on forums like this, and likely be very strong.  As for his mystic writings, I mostly know him through what others have written about him, yet...

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:29 PM

There are to many misconceptions here to even take this conversation seriously. Please make friends with and talk to some people of the "race/races" you discuss before trying to become an authority on them. By the way I am Inupiaq.


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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:32 PM

View PostTheresa Lee Clark, on 04 February 2013 - 11:29 PM, said:

There are to many misconceptions here to even take this conversation seriously. Please make friends with and talk to some people of the "race/races" you discuss before trying to become an authority on them. By the way I am Inupiaq.

Such as?

Who knows maybe you will become my friend and talk with me so I could learn more about your culture. Welcome to UM!

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