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The northern lights have awed communities through the eras, and many fantastical theories have been imagined to explain the sky’s shifting glow. We explore some of these light beliefs through the art of shadow puppetry.

Finnish
This northern nation still calls the aurora borealis revontulet, which literally translates to “fox fire.” Legend says that an arctic fox dashed across the tundra swiping snow up into the sky, while others claim his bushy tail caused sparks when brushing the peaks of tall mountains.

Norse According to Norse mythology, female spirits called Valkyries chose who lived and died in battle. They escorted the most heroic who fell to Valhalla, the “hall of the slain, ” which was overseen by Odin. The Vikings believed the lights were the reflection of the Valkyries’ armor and shields as they led the dead to their final resting place.

  • Photography and Artwork:
    Andersen M Studio

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  • Photography and Artwork:
    Andersen M Studio
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