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Without any clear conception of their responsibility to a supreme being they have, nevertheless, rude notions of heaven and hell.Their priests are at the same time teachers, judges, and doctors.Numerous species of birds furnish the habitants with food -- the flesh of the ptarmigan and the eggs of the sea gull -- while the eider duck yields its down.Whaling, seal-hunting, and fishing are of vital importance.It is bounded on the north by the Arctic Ocean; on the west, by Smith Sound, Baffin's Bay and Davis Strait; on the east by the Arctic and the Atlantic Oceans.
Its inhabitants were unhappily lost to Christianity.When Norway took possession of Greenland there were more than three hundred farms, supporting a population of over three thousand, partly in Ostrabygd, partly in Westrabygd (both places on the western coast.).The means of subsistence were practically the same as those of today, except that cattle-raising was more general.It is, however, an established fact that the Eskimos were in Greenland (at least transiently) at the time the Norseman Gunnbjorn set foot on the island and when Eric the Red of Iceland settled there (983). In the "Islendingabok", written about a century later by Are Frothi, it is stated that there were found on the island numerous deserted huts, parts of boats, and various stone implements such as are in use even unto this day in the north-east and the west around Disko Bay and the Umanak Fiord.Eric named his first settlement (the site is unknown) Brattahild.