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Northern Lights Pendant Labradorite

Northern Lights Pendant Labradorite

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A Forest green Labradorite, with Turquoise & yellow colour play, set in an elegant 925 sterling silver & 999 Fine Silver setting, Hallmarked Eamon ó Broin Jewellery

Light, darkness and heavenly phenomenon have fascinated people down through the ages. In the Inuit myths and legends, the raven and the crow are strongly linked to the creation of light and the northern lights. The creation of light is said to have been described as follows: When the world was born, there was only darkness in the north where the Inuit lived. An old Crow came to the people and told them he had seen the light on his long flights to distant lands. The more people heard about the light, the more they longed to see it. They convinced the crow to bring the light, and the crow flew east, until his wings barely held him aloft. Finally he saw a streak of light and gained new energy. In order to rest, the crow turned himself into a mote of dust and settled in with a family. They had a box full of daylight in the form of balls. When one of the children was playing with a ball, the crow seized the opportunity to turn himself back into a bird, took the ball in his claws and flew west towards home. When he finally got home, he dropped the ball of Light on the ground. It shattered into a thousand pieces, and the light streamed into every home. But the ball was only strong enough to illuminate half of the year. The rest of the time it was dark. Out of gratitude the people promised never to harm crows, since they can take back the Light. The crow gave the people Light, but the myths also include the raven. The Inuit of Labrador, Canada migrated North 1000AD, bringing with them the story of the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights were a hole in the sky through which only the raven and the spirits of the dead could pass to reach Heaven. Once they reached Heaven they sent out cascades of Light to show the way, but only to those who died a violent death. The northern Lights were not only sacred, they were considered to be malevolent and mysterious. The people therefore carried Knives for protection in case they should attack.

A Piece of writing on Inuit Lore and the northern Lights, from a Sami Exhibition of indigenous works of craft & arts in Stockholm Sweden, January 2020.

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