The tent earth


Typically the Inuit viewed the earth as a tent resting on pegs, which is covered by a fault of heaven-slashed by a knife in four different places to allow the north, south, east, and west winds to escape. A general belief is that at one time the earth tilted, and its former occupants now live underneath. This view was anthropomophical in which deities, stars, and natural phenomena had their origins in human adventures, frequently of an anecdotal nature full of prosaic details. Little regard was given to the origin and elaboration of the world. A.G.H.


Grimal, Pierre, Larousse World Mythology, Secaucus, New Jersey, Chartwell Books, 1965, p. 441