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"Same med renoxe",  illustration from "Lappland : Det Stora Svenska Framtidslandet - En skildring i ord och bild af dess natur och folk", 1904, John Bauer

Another man who earned a lot of money from spending time with the Saami in order to paint pictures of them was John Bauer, perhaps best known for his paintings of trolls. None of the South Saami men,.

Sami man Guttorm with the lead reindeer Sweden by saamiblog, via Flickr

Sami man Guttorm with the lead reindeer Sweden by saamiblog, via Flickr

Bildresultat för inga wiktoria påve

Bildresultat för inga wiktoria påve

For the Sami the cosmos consisted of upper, middle and lower worlds. The Upper World was associated with the South, with warmth and life, and with the colour white. It was the domain of both the Sun (always female gendered) and the Earth Mother figure (Máttaráhkká). The Middle World was the everyday world in which we live, associated with the colour red. People shared this world with special liminal creatures such as bears. Through sacrifices and rituals, humans gain access to these other…

A diagrammatic reconstruction of the ancient Sami world-view, showing the tripartite division of the world into Upper, Middle and Underworlds. The Earth Mother (Máttaráhkká) resides in the Upper World.

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