The word “aurora” comes from the Roman mythology that comes from the goddess of dawn, in our French language, it means “the light that precedes the sunrise.” Since the dawn of time, many beliefs have been developed on the polar auroras, as well as many legends.They are associated with nature, with the gods but especially with the death, so they had influence towards the people living at the pole.

The Eskimos had many legends about the aurora, indeed some thought that the aurora was the spirit of the children died at birth, others said it was the spirits of their favorite animals such as salmon, reindeer, the seals …

But there were also Eskimos who thought that the auroras were bad omens that were even ready to go to “the dawn hunt”. American Indians thought the auroras were bad omens for going to war. The Indians of Canada used polar aurora as a flashlight to go hunting at night.



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