The cultic GREENLAND / DET KULTISKE GRØNLAND
The story about the Greenlandic shaman
AND HIS TRAVELS TO THE MOON.
the moon traveler lamp is inspired by the greenlandic drum that was used for the shaman to go into a trance.
In the past the Inuits believed in greater powers in nature. From time to time the greater powers in nature punished the people living on land.
The shaman’s function was to restore the balance by going into trance to visit the the Man of the Moon or the Mother of the Sea and make up for the mistakes that the Inuits had done. With help from the beat of the Greenlandic drum, the shaman, who was all tied up and placed on the floor, went into a trance. To prevent him from being recognised by evil spirits he would paint his face black.
The lamp is an interpretation of this séance. Through the beat of the drum, which is represented as the shade, the shaman is calling the spirits and the Man of the Moon which is the light glowing through the shade.
The lamp comes in a light and a dark version. The base is either Greenlandic granite or marble with an (anoxidied) aluminum ring with either a grey tinted glassshade or a white sandblasted shade. The shade is rotatable demonstrating the dancing beating drum.
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‘THE MOTHER OF THE SEA’ DINING TABLE