Offering and other traditions

One of the rituals and traditions which survived the coming of Christianity in the 17th and 18th centuries is the respect for sacred places in the landscape.

Certain holy mountains are still revered, for example by not referring to them by name.

Old offering sites and sieidi have not been entirely forgotten either. Offerings are still made of reindeer antler, fish, berries, coins or other items. Some of those making offerings have living beliefs about the Sámi gods who belong to the place. For others the offering is a way of showing respect for their ancestors and their faith. Others again place a little gift in passing, more out of habit than because of any special faith.

Mythical beings are still part of reality in Sámi areas. Many believe in the underground spirits and some say they have both seen and spoken to gufihttar. Figures of legend such as Stállu (troll/giant) and Čahcerávga or Guovdi (river spirits/sea monsters) are used in the upbringing of children, to scare them into behaving properly and staying away from dangerous places.

Ceavccageađge/Transteinen i Mortensnes. Govva/Foto: Mihkku Solbakk