Variations: Aipaloovik

This vampiric spirit is part of the folklore of the arctic regions, including Alaska, Greenland, and Northern Canada. Sailors and those who live near the water have described it as a severely rotting corpse leaving the water and seeking out human prey to drain—not of blood, but rather of body heat. The spirit that inhabits the corpse can access the memory and adopt the personality of the deceased. It is considered the epitome of destruction.


  • Bilby, Among Unknown Eskimo, 266;
  • Guirand, Larousse Encyclopedia, 436;
  • Rose, Spirits, Fairies, Gnomes, 7

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