Greenland myths and legends

The northern lights. Mother of the sea. Qivittoq. Myths played a vital part in the daily life of Greenlanders.

The northern lights. Mother of the sea. The wandering spirit known as qivittoq.

These wonders, myths and characters played a vital part in the daily life of the ancient Greenlanders, who learnt moral code through oral traditions. Today, they are part of the social fabric that ties our people together and you are invited to see their influence in city art today.

NORTHERN LIGHTS, MYTHS AND MORALS

Shimmering over the winter heavens, the northern lights create wonder everywhere it is seen. The people of Greenland in ancient times imagined that the northern lights were dancing each time their ancestors played football with a walrus skull in the sky.

Life and death was closely connected, and death just a transformation from one world to another.

Myths played a vital part in the daily life of the ancient Greenlanders.

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