Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea

Sedna was the princess of an Inuit tribe and she was very haughty. Her father kept trying to get her to marry but she refused even the best men of the neighboring tribes. One day a fine handsome fellow, bedecked in riches and furs, came to  Sedna and asked to marry her.  She was wowed by the man's riches and also his promises to take her far away where she would bask in lavish splendor. She readily agreed and they were married immediately. When it came time to leave Sedna took nothing of her own with her to the kayak. She believed that she would have such finery that she wouldnt' need any of her old crap. When they arrived at his home she was sorely disapointed. It was an empty island and her husband was a creepy birdman. During the day he would fly off, only returning at night with a raw fish for his wife. She was understandably miserable.
She begged the birdman, her husband, pleading with him that she could be happy if only she could see her father once more. The birdman finally relented and fetched her father to her on the island. When her husband left she broke down telling her father of the horrors she had to endure and begged him to save her.  He said to her "This is what comes of your pride," but eventually he relented and promised to take her home. Into the kayak they went, across the sea towards home. Her husband, finding she had fled, was  furious and called to his brother birds and they attacked Sedna and her father and called up a raging storm. Her father knowing it was Sedna they were after tossed her off the boat into the sea.
She clung to the edge of the boat and her father chopped off her fingers so that he could escape. As she sank to the bottom of the sea, her fingers became the whales, seals, and walrus and she became a sea godess. When she is angry she locks up the fishes so that people starve. If that happens, it is held that someone must go to her house and wash her and comb her hair (she has no fingers,) and only then will she let the animals go. She was worshipped by hunters, who needed her to be happy so that they could bring home food.

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