Q is for Qiqirn

Today’s letter for the A to Z Challenge was a challenge. There aren’t a lot of mythological creatures that start with the letter Q, and the ones that do are pretty obscure!

Anyways… The Qiqirn is from Inuit mythology. It is a large, mostly bald dog spirit that roams the wild arctic. The only places where the dog has any hair is on its ears, mouth, feet and the very tip of its tail, which should alert anyone to become suspicious about them from afar.

If the animal is approached, the person will suffer convulsions, perhaps even epileptic seizures, that lead up to death. It will run away if you call out its name from a distance. It also will run away from other dogs since it’s considered to be rather foolish and shy.

Interesting tidbit: While the arctic has less cases of rabies, mange, and similar diseases, the Qiqirn seems to be the embodiment of dog-related disease and illness.

Link with drawing: http://hundredmythologyhaiku.blogspot.com/2010/01/day-li-qiqirn.html

Have you read or watched something with a Qiqirn in it? If so, what was it?

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