is Jessie from Nuuk! I want to tell you this story very short- during
my childhood in Kalaallit Nunaat - Greenland, we kids used to be quite
afraid of the Moon when it was full in the sky, we believed we should
be afraid of getting chased by the moon, because of the story (myth) about
the creation of the moon long ago….So I want to tell you about how
the Moon affected us in my childhood..
Long time ago, when the K alaallit Inuit /the human beings- used to gather
for night-feast, men and women used swap partners for a night, without
knowing with whom. The feast was called “lights-out games”.
There was a brother-sister-couple who also joined the feast: a young man
Aningaaq, a brother to a young woman Maliina, his sister.........Maliina
noticed that she has been sleeping with the same man for a while, and
was getting curious to know who it was....One night there was once again
going to be a “lights-out game” she decided to find out about
the man, who so eagerly and frequently had been “visiting”
her. She took some soot from the fireplace and rubbed it into her hands,
so that when the lights came back she would be able to identify the unknown
lover of hers. Well now then! When the lights turned on again she saw
who this man was....it was her own big brother Aningaaq ! She felt such
a shame and anger, that she was getting unbearingly angry, how she even
had slept with her own brother without knowing it herself??? - she took
her knife and cut her other breast off, threw it against her brother and
shouted “ Here, this is for you! If you want me that much you can
have this – eat me!!!!” and then she took some of the burning
light in her hands and ran out of the house, out in the dark night.......Aningaaq
was shocked about her reaction, and he ran after her while grabbing a
little light from the fireplace. He ran out after her, Maliina was far
ahead, she had much more light to be guided by. Aningaaq had only little
light, so he was not getting nearer even if he chased and chased after
her. Maliina was then getting higher and higher up in the sky, her light
was more whole and bright shining, she was so clear to everybody. Aningaaqs
less light in the hands was falling down, and the light was spread around.
He then became and turned into the Moon in the sky, while the rest of
the lights from his hands were turning into the stars in the sky. Maliina
was far ahead up in the sky and had turned into the bright shining and
warm Sun. Aningaaq has from that time been chasing his beloved sister
Maliina, and he will never ever come her near. – Sometimes, now
and then, Aningaaq the Moon comes down to earth and the sea to hunt seals
and other food. When he does that, you can see how the lights in the sky
This was the story.
Jessiuna Nuumminngaanniit! Taassaana oqaluttuariniarlugu una, taamani
meeraalluta meeraqatigiiulluta Qaammat imissisimagaangat assut ersigisarparput
malersuilissasoralugu, tassami oqaluttuarineqartarsimanera uagut meeqqat
assut sunnertiffigisarsimagatsigu – oqaluttuarilaarniarluguuna una,
Kalaallit Inuit qanga Qaammamik oqaluttuatoqaat naatsukullammik oqaluttuarilaassavara.
- Qangagooq inuit qaminngaartarallarmata, qatanngutigiit inuusuttut Aningaaq
Maliinalu qaminngaartunut ilaasalersimapput. Maliinanngooq maluginiartalersimallugu
angutip aaliangersimasup qamiinngaaqatigiualersimagaani, assut kinaaneranik
paasiniaarusullersimavoq. Unnuinngooq ilaanni qaminngaartunaasit Maliinap
assani paatersimavai qulliit ikinneqariarpata takusinnaaniassagamiuk kiap
taama ilagiumatigisarsimagaani allaat uteqattaarfigisarluni. Taannaqami!
qulliit ikimmata takuleriallaqaa qatanngummi Aningaarsuup tutitarisarsimagaani!
Aatsaallu Maliinap tamanna paasilerlugu assut kanngutsaatigaa kamassutigeqisaminik,
tassami qanoq ililluni qatanngutini tutittarisarsinnaavaa nammineq maluginngisaminik?
Kamangaarnerup tikimmani savissuarmik iviangimi aappaa peerpaa qatanngumminullu
Aningaamut miloriullugu suaarluni ”Aatsaat taama pilerigitigigumma,
aak, takannarsuaq, nereqinnga!” Taamaalisinnarluni qullermik tigummiarluni
arpalluni silammut aallarpoq, Aningaaq annilaaqaluni qullerup iparamernganik
ikumasumik qaammaqquserluni aamma silammut malillugu aallarujoq, arpaannaq.
Taannaqalimi malersuutilerput, Maliinalu siulliulluni qullermillu qaammaqquteqarluni
arpakkami siuarnerulertoqaaq, Aningaarlu kingulliungaatsiarami qullerullu
iperamernga kisiat qaammaqqutiginiarlugu assut angujuminaatsippaa, Maliina
kiisaana qangattarsimasoq, qullia qaammaqqutaa qaammarinnerummat ilaannakuunanilu
assut erseqqarilluni, taamaalinerani Aningaaq kingaallisimaqaaq katataangaatsiarsimallunilu,
assullu qaammaqqutaata ikumanera nungungajassimammat ersigunnaalersimavoq,
aamma Aningaaq qilaap tungaanut qullariartuinnarpoq, Maliinalu assut ungasillugu,
ilami inuippaa. Aningaallu ilaatigut qaammaqqutini supoorlugu annertusaartaraluaraangagu
taamaallaat inneq mikisunnguanngorluni siaruaattarpoq, taakkulugooq tassa
ullumikkut ullorissanik taasartakkagut, tassa pinngorfii. Aningaarooq
Qaammatinngorpoq qullermi iperamerngisa qaamanera qaamanikinnerummata
Maliinagooq Seqininngorpoq qulleq qammarqutaa iluitsuunerullunilu qaammarinnerummat.
Ilaannikunngooq Aningaaq nunamut aqqartarpoq puisinniariarluni, taamaakaangallu
qaammat qilammi ersigunnaangajattarpoq, qatanngutinilugooq asasani Maliina