The ancient religion of the Sami was based on nature and powers in nature.
There were many gods and each had a particular area of responsibility. Among the nature-gods were the sun, thunder, the wind-man and the moon. Mother Earth was the source of life.
Certain animals, such as the bear and reindeer, had special significance. Powers in nature were considered as living entities with souls; boulders, mountains and lakes were alive. The Sami believed that these could come to mankind’s assistance if one prayed and sacrificed to them.
The shaman, a priest with supernatural powers, used his drum to communicate with the gods and receive their counsel and aid.