Circumpolar religion

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The Circumpolar religion is (or was) shared by all Circumpolar peoples and is essentially a social structure based on three factors: a religion that is maintained and inherited from antiquity before farming was introduced; ancestral knowledge; living under extreme conditions such as in arctic climate.

The traditional economy, based on fishing and hunting, today relies on vehicles and helicopters. Khantians are one of the few folks who at the end of 20th century still lived traditionally and based their economy on hunting and fishing; a major oral history still exists.

Circumpolar Shamanism is literally described as "magic", "sorcery" and "supernatural"

Ceremonies were usually accompanied by drums. Pictograms (glyphs) on Norwegian drums can be associated with some petroglyphs (see Alta.)

Specially shaped landscape features or areas have traditionally been the focus in sacrifice. The important act of sacrifice, usually to improve luck in hunting and fishing, was managed by a male figure normally termed shaman in English. The Euroasian group used "white" animals in ceremonies, that is, wild animals with white fur or domesticated animals such as horses and goats.


See also: Circumpolar mythologyTemplate:Reli-stub

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