Detailed entry on the father of the sea goddess Sedna. For more entries on the gods and goddesses of Inuit mythology click here:

ANGUTA – This father of the sea goddess Sedna was originally the god who ruled over Pugtulik Island. He was responsible for inflicting punishments on deserving souls when they reached Sedna’s subaquatic realm of the dead. At the dawn of time, after his unruly daughter devoured both of her mother’s arms and had consumed one of Anguta’s own, he took her out in a canoe to abandon her at sea in the apotheotic event that saw Sedna’s ascension to sea goddess.

After making his return to shore,where his wife  Isarrataitsoq awaited, a wave sent by his angry daughter washed over him and Isarrataitsoq, dragging them down to Sedna’s new domain to serve as members of her subaquatic court. Anguta (still one-armed) was responsible for punishing the souls of the dead, with bestiality meriting the greatest punishment.

Anguta would repeatedly strike the soul of a dead person in their genitals for as long as their violations of taboos in life (or their “Earthly sins” you could say) demanded. This period could last for a year or more (that’s gotta hurt). After sufficient suffering the soul of the deceased was free to congregate with other souls in Sedna’s subaquatic afterlife called Adlivun. 

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  1. Woman

    LOL!!! Loved the side comment of “that’s gotta hurt”!!!

  2. midaevalmaiden

    Life as an Eskimo in the long ago days of yore must have been brutal. Can you imagine being an Eskimo kid with an angry dad? Or I suppose I should say Inuit?

  3. Gosh, what a terrifying family of gods. I reckon all Inuit ‘believers’ behaved themselves, not because they were afraid of human judgement or going to prison, but for fear of ending up in the hands of Anguta and his lovely daughter.

  4. I’ll bet! You should read the long list of taboos they were expected to observe, especially in regard to game animals. For instance menstruating women were forbidden to LOOK at game animals lest those animals decide to never let themselves get caught ever again.

    And I could fill a whole page with their taboos regarding miscarriages! Hell, they even have a goddess of miscarriages.

  5. Holy crap! Don’t make the Sea gods, or goddesses as the case may be, angry! Not only does it have to hurt, it’s gonna leave a mark!

  6. I know what you mean! Don’t mess with these deities!

  7. Kerri Anne

    This is really wonderful! So many sources just refer to Anguta as one-armed but you are the only one Ive found who says why that is.

    • Thanks! So many of the neglected pantheons are like that, where you have to do a lot of digging in multiple sources to find out details like this. For another example out of the looooong list of source books on my two Vietnamese Myth pages only TWO of those books actually list the name of the goddess Giat Hai. The rest simply refer to her and her antics with Khong Lo without once naming her. Weird.

  8. Very disturbing myths in the Inuit belief system.

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    Knowing this is what they believed in they must have all been introverts. I say this because they know the consequences of wrong doing.

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