Pibloktoq

A culture-specific hysterical reaction in Eskimos, especially women, who may perform irrational or dangerous acts, followed by amnesia for the event; pibloktoq may be linked to repression of the personality of Eskimo women, whose status is that of property
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'Pibloktoq' (Arctic hysteria): A construction of European-Inuit relations?
Lack of calcium causes the illness known as pibloktoq by the Inuit of northern Greenland, known in the west as a "great attack of hysteria," and also the occurrence of rickets and tetanus among the peoples of the far north.