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Asiaq


Asiaq, another feminine deity, to some extent governs the atmosphere and weather. She also is of human origin, and like the other female deities enters into a strange alliance. She does not refuse to marry because no one wants her. Finally she leaves her village to travel the world searching for a husband. In desperation she steals a child so he may become her husband, and eventually lives in retirement with him. Asiaq makes rain by shaking out a pelt dipped in urine, thunder by beating two pelts together. Angekkoks go to her to obtain good weather, which, they claim, she no longer fabricates of her own accord as she once did. In recent traditions both Pinga
and Asiaq have become masculine, a general rend in mythology perhaps due to the meeting of Western cultures. A.G.H.


Source:

Grimal, Pierre, Larousse World Mythology, Secaucus, New Jersey, Chartwell Books, 1965, p. 445


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