The fascinating diversity of the Inuit belief system.

The harsh living conditions of the Arctic have influenced the spiritual life of the Inuit people. Fear, rather than faith, takes a more central part in their spiritual practices.

The Inuit would perform various rituals and customs as precautions against danger. Their central mythological figures are fascinating and largely based on animism and shamanism. When taking a look at their traditional belief system, one can only be mesmerized.

According to Inuit cosmology, the cosmos is ruled by no one. The Inuk writer Rachel Attituq Qitsualik-Tinsley has noted that “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.”

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