Arctic Hysteria (5:57)

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From Eskimo

Arctic hysteria is a phenomenon that occurs in the dead of winter,primarily to women. The weeks of darkness and general sensory deprivation lead to the eventual temporary loss of a firm touch with reality.
Darkness prevailed everywhere. Beside her igloo, a woman sat in the wind singing softly to herself while beating the snow from her husband’s seal fur clothing. Her voice and mind drifted with the soft tones of the nearby kooa player. Her song was about her work, but her unfocused eyes revealed a growing distance. The darkness seemed to confine her, and the singing voice seemed not to be her own.

The realization struck! “I am dead, or at least the others believe I am”,she thought. Already she hears the pounding of the tribe’s hands packing down the snow on her icy grave as they sing their song of farewell. The rhythm of death sounds in her ears.
She feels cold no more as her worst fears are realized. She has been sent to the “Land of the Crestfallen”, where only the spirits of poor hunters and badly tattooed women spent eternity snapping at butterflies. But wait! Even worse! Instead of butterflies, the dreaded Arctic locust swarmed into the evening air devouring all in their path.
The men in the tribe had become aware of the woman’s hysterical suffering and joined in a circle to sing a chant of releasement. “Chukaroq, chukaroq, chukaroq, ei”, they sang, until finally the woman once again returned to beating the snow mindlessly from her husbands clothing, virtually unaware of what had happened as her song of work faded into the wind.



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  • Rezzo64

    I'm fairly certain that this album wasn't published to CD in 1979 mate

    14 Jan 2014 Reply
  • outandabout93

    Attention seeking comments.

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • TheCemetery

    I don't know what you're talking about megajosh2

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • megajosh2

    I like how we find it sensible to reply to comments that were made over half a year ago when the original commenter will most likely never come to this page again.

    10 Dec 2011 Reply
  • mrbonzoorubber2

    this cd isn't really that new dude 1979

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • lilalaunebea

    ghostofmankind is shitbull! who are you to say something about music that you don´t understand? you´d better go home and hear the residents work all day and night long. and then - maybe twenty years later / or more - you can say a word about it. You better Be aware of the angry Angakok!

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • GhostOfMankind

    this cd is bullshit! old cd´s are better

    10 Feb 2009 Reply
  • yodro241

    oww my ears >_<

    19 Jan 2009 Reply

    ...GENIALNE...jedno z najwspanialszych dzieł...

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