November 1, 2012

Inuit ghost stories

The Legend of the Fog

In this traditional Inuit story, a simple walk on the tundra becomes a life or death journey for a man named Quannguaviniq. When he is abducted by a tuurngaq (a giant evil spirit) who wants to eat him for dinner, Quannguaviniq's quick thinking and magic power helps him to escape. The destruction of the tuurngaq's wife releases the first fog over the land.

A mysterious tale with dark, foreboding images.

The Qalupalik

Qalupaliit (pronounced ka-loo-pa-leet) are strange watery beings that can turn into any kind of animal. They like to kidnap children who stray too close to the ice. In this very short story, an orphan scares a qalupalik (ka-loo-pa-lick) away.

Not terribly scary because the qalupalik is stupid and easily tricked. The pictures are much creepier than the words.

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