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Aurora Borealis, Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada 21

Aurora Borealis, Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada 21

Description : Aurora borealis, the lights of the northern hemisphere, means - dawn of the north - . Aurora australis - means -dawn of the south -. In Roman myths, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. Many cultural groups have legends about the lights. In medieval times, the occurrences of auroral displays were seen as harbingers of war or famine. The Maori of New Zealand shared a belief with many northern people of Europe and North America that the lights were reflections from torches or campfires.
The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin believed that the lights indicated the location of manabai - wok (giants) who were the spirits of great hunters and fishermen. The Inuit of Alaska believed that the lights were the spirits of the animals they hunted: the seals, salmon, deer and beluga whales. Other aboriginal peoples believed that the lights were the spirits of their people.

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