Just when you'd thought you'd heard it all, you realized it's 2017. The year when strangeness is expected of everything. A new, old story has popped up in Greenland regarding witchcraft, magic animals, and sexual organs. If you want to bounce now, we can't blame you.
The Greenland National Museum's curator, Hans Lange (great name), is a resident expert on the topic of the tupilaq—a monster created by practitioners of witchcraft or shamanism constructed by using random objects including animal parts and even human bones. They were made in secret a long, long time ago then released by their creator to sabotage people they didn't like. This was believed to be a risky move though, since the victim could send it back to murder its maker.
It's the way tupilaqs are brought to life which is odd and downright disturbing. They supposedly need to be sung magical songs and are finally given power by sucking on their manufacturer's sex organs. Doesn't sound very evil if you ask me.
Makers would release their tupilaq creation into the sea with the belief that it would somehow find its way to the intended victim. Victims could be saved if they had created a protection tupilaq in advance, prompting many to find some human bones and get to work.
When Christianity began to sweep through the region in the early 1700s, Europeans deemed tupilaqs to be the 'devil's work.' They had to be eradicated from society at once!
Despite their best efforts, the tupilaq still permeated elements of Greenland's culture. In Greenlandic tradition, all plants, animals, and natural phenomena possess an "inua," or "soul."
According to the tradition, if concealment was broken the effect of the magic would be diminished, rendering the tupilaq as merely a creepy-looking doll; powerless to kill one's enemies.
It's unclear why the sexual organs were involved on any level, but it must have something to do with intimacy or submission between a manufacturer and his tupilaq. Disturbing to say the least, but also mildly amusing.
The tupilaq was used throughout Inuit cultures, including distant groups like the Caribou Inuit, Iglulingmiut Inuit, and Copper Inuit. Each utilized it in different ways. Some had it take the form of an invisible ghost or an invisible being, while the Copper Inuit made it into an entity akin to the Devil in Christianity. Only Greenland chose to turn it into a sex doll. Gotta love that country.