Ipmil

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Ipmil or Ipmilbalolaš means God in Northern Sámi. Ipmil has been used by Sámi Christians for God. The Creator and ruler of the universe. There are Sámi Christians who believe in Laestadianism that use Ipmil for God. Ipmil can also be used when translating God from other cultures. Names of God: Allah (Islam), Adonai (Judaism) could be translated as Ipmil in Northern Sámi. Svenska kyrkan (Church of Sweden) has a prayer in Northern Sámi with Ipmil.[1] Ipmil atte means God grant and is a reply to buorre beaivi (good day). Christians who believe in the Trinity say: Áhči (Father) and Bártni (Son, Jesus Christ) and Bassi Vuoiŋŋa (the Holy Spirit) is Ipmil. The Sámi thought there were three deities: Radien-Áhči (Father) ja Radien-Bártni (Jesus) ja Mátterahkka (Grandmother Spirit Mátterahkka). In Sami mythology Mátterahkka is said to have created the body of the children who were placed into the wombs. Ipmil could also have been a name to include all good deities.

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