An extended entry on the salmon-creating god. For more gods and goddesses from Inuit mythology click here: https://glitternight.com/inuit-myth/
EQATLEJOQ – The salmon god. He dwelt in the supercelestial land of Udlormiut which was also inhabited by Tatqim, Seqinek and Tapasuma. Eqatlejoq was depicted creating salmon by whittling away at either giant walrus tusks or pieces of wood found in the heavens. As the shavings came into contact with the waters far below he transformed them into salmon. This concept of a fish-creating god can vary a bit by region with it sometimes being trout or other fish instead of salmon that the shavings turn into.
A famous myth features Eqatlejoq’s encounter with Kiviok, the greatest hero of Inuit mythology. The salmon god created an enormous salmon for the hero to ride home. In some traditions Eqatlejoq is missing his intestines which have been scooped out by the disemboweling goddess. (accounts vary as to why) The salmon god is notoriously dangerous to shamans traveling in their astral forms if they approach him from the side where his missing innards are noticeable. Therefore it is always wise to approach him from the correct side.
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