inuit mythology

T is for Tizheruk / Hunky Hero Wrap-up

I had quite a busy weekend, but I’m all caught up with my A to Z Challenge posts now. Check out “Shere. Also, I had a fun interview that posted yesterday at Dawn’s Reading Nook.

Finally, I have some news on the giveaway that had been going on this past week. Congratulations to Evita’s Reads and Filia Oktarina! I chose two winners for the prize since I had such an amazing turnout of 245 entries! Thanks everyone for entering!

Name: Tizheruk (Also known as Pal-Rai-Yûk)

Type: sea creature

Origin: Inuit mythology

Description: Large snake-like sea creature, which lives near the coast of an Alaska island. It’s approximately seven feet long with an alligator-like head, six legs, and a flipper on its tail. The Tizheruk snatches people off piers and boats.

Interesting Facts: Other sea monsters inhabit nearby Canadian waters, the Ogopogo (or Naitaka of the Okanakanes) and the Haietlik of the Nootka. The Ogopogo is believed to live in Okanagan Lake, and the Haietlik is a “Lightning Snake” that shoots lightning from its tongue.

What “T” beings or creatures do you know about?

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?