Taqqiq's origin story is intimately tied to that of his sister, the Sun, and serves as a powerful warning against incest. Their chase through the sky is central to Inuit cosmology and his phases form the basis of the Inuit calendar. Taqqiq is crucial to traditional Inuit religious practice. In legends, he impregnates barren women, brings animals to hunters, and defends the weak. The most powerful angakkuit, or shamans, may journey to visit the Moon and ask his aid.
Name Variations: Taqqiq translates literally as "Moon," but he is also known as Aningaq, "favorite brother."
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