Tupilak meaning

(Inuit mythology) A monster (either invisible or having a physical form constructed from animal bones, sinew, etc) created in secret by a shaman and sent into the sea to seek and kill a specific enemy.
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A (small) representation of such a monster, often carved from whale bone.
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Origin of tupilak

  • From Greenlandic or Inuktitut (cognates exist in both languages) ᑐᐱᓚᒃ (tupilaq).
    From Wiktionary