According to the old Sámi faith, there are gods and forces all around us in nature and in houses. In former times, making offerings to these forces was an everyday part of Sámi life.
The coming of Christianity in the 17th and 18th centuries caused the old faith to be forced into hiding and partly forgotten. But a number of conceptions of the old gods and spirits have survived in spite of the exertions of the missionaries. Certain rituals and parts of the faith and mythology have been preserved right up to the present day.
Sámi words and expressions in the text use modern north Sámi spelling.
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