The Chukchi Bible by Yuri Rytkheu

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The Chukchi Bible is a collection of the myths and tales of Yuri Rytkheu’s own shaman father. The stories compose both a moving history of the Chukchi people who inhabit the shores of the Bering Sea, and a beautiful cautionary tale, rife with conflict, human drama, and humour. We meet fantastic characters: Nau, the mother of the human race; Rau, her half-whale husband; and finally, the dark spirit Armagirgin, who attempts to destroy nature’s harmony by pitting the two against each other. The Chukchi Bible moves through Arctic tundra, sea, and sky – and beyond – introducing readers to an extraordinary mythology and a resilient people, in hauntingly poetic prose.