Masks and tupilaqs

Do you remember Paul R. Bear? Well, he has got company now.

A friend has graced me with four Greenlandic artefacts given that his wife was too scared of them (this makes more sense if you have a look at these pictures).

The masks are antique fertility masks from East Greenland, Tunu, traditionally used in wedding ceremonies as part of a dance ritual. They look scary, but have done no harm so far.

The tupilaqs, made out of reindeer antler, may not look quite as hostile, but on a spiritual level they are not to be messed with.

My viva is on April 24th – I hope you are reading along, dear examiners. Not to be messed with.

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