Throughout history, the northern lights continued to mystify people across different cultures. There are many Northern lights Indigenous stories as the lights held deep cultural and spiritual significance for communities living in the polar regions. In many of these communities, the lights are seen as celestial dancers or spirits, bringing messages from the spirit world.
According to Norse mythology, the aurora borealis was thought to be the shining armor of Valkyries, mystical female figures who selected fallen warriors for the afterlife. For the Finns the lights were considered the fiery sparks created by a magical firefox dashing across the snow.
Algonquin legend held that the northern lights represented the spirits of ancestors playing a celestial game with a walrus skull and, in Inuit mythology, the lights were believed to be the spirits of the departed engaged in a mesmerizing dance, providing messages and guidance to the living. For the Sami, the lights were attributed to the energy released when the mythical Fossefall, a supernatural waterfall, splashed against the sky.
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