"the ancient Greenlandic realm of the dead"

Survival in the Arctic is so harsh and difficult that people have traditionally lived in a constant state of fear and uncertainty: there has never been the need for them to imagine any kind of punishment after death. Therefore the concept of hell does not exist in Inuit mythology.

Angiut, a helping spirit from Inuit myths
Public DomainAngiut, a helping spirit from Inuit myths - Credit: Knud Rasmussen
The afterlife is represented by spirits, including those of animals, accompanying living people in their daily life.

The concept of a reward and a punishment after death has come to Eskimo peoples along with Christianity, which is now the main religion in the Polar region.