tupilak

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English[edit]

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carved representation of a monster

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Etymology[edit]

From Greenlandic or Inuktitut (cognates exist in both languages) ᑐᐱᓚᒃ (tupilak).

Noun[edit]

tupilak (plural tupilaks)

  1. (Inuit mythology) A monster (either invisible or having a physical form constructed from animal bones, sinew, etc) created in secret by a shaman and sent into the sea to seek and kill a specific enemy.
  2. A (small) representation of such a monster, often carved from whale bone.

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