Le panthéon eskimo et l'organisation sociale



A close study of Eskimo divinities leads us to consider the possibility that they form a divine couple rather than a trinity. It seems also that, for various historical reasons, Eskimo tradition yields two presentations of the divine couple. An analysis of the best preserved version, perhaps the more recent of the two, might reveal the lower and the upper limits of the collectivity within which interaction ought to take place. The lower limit would be shown by the prohibition of incestual relationships and the upper, by the prohibition of marriage with a stranger. These considerations, the basis for hypotheses so far, are presented in a broader research perspective, that of the ties between magic and religion.