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A set of Inuit Tupilaq hand carved from walrus ivory

 In Greenlandic Inuit traditions a tupilaq was an avenging monster created by witches or warlocks and given life through a series of ritualistic chants.   It was then placed into the sea to seek and destroy a specific enemy. The use of a tupilaq was risky, however, because if it was sent to destroy someone who had greater magical powers than the one who had formed it, it could be sent back to kill its maker instead.
 

A set of Inuit Tupilaq hand carved from walrus ivory

 In Greenlandic Inuit traditions a tupilaq was an avenging monster created by witches or warlocks and given life through a series of ritualistic chants.   It was then placed into the sea to seek and destroy a specific enemy. The use of a tupilaq was risky, however, because if it was sent to destroy someone who had greater magical powers than the one who had formed it, it could be sent back to kill its maker instead.

 

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