Thursday, October 19, 2017

Landscape and Ritual Space

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The Background and Nature of the Annual and Occasional Rituals of the Ásatrúarfélag in Iceland

 
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Abstract. This paper is largely based on interviews which were taken with Jörmundur Ingi Hansen, and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, the last two allsherjagoðar (high priests) of the Icelandic Ásatrúarfélag (a society which involves the active worship of the Old Nordic gods). The interviews focused on the nature and background of the rituals and prayers used […]

An Eye for Odin? Divine Role-Playing in the Age of Sutton Hoo.

 
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This paper presents some new observations concerning the construction of the Sutton Hoo helmet, as a  point of entry to a wider discussion of pre-Christian religious and ideological links across Scandinavia. It will be argued that in certain circumstances and locations, such as the firelit interior of the hall, the wearer of the helmet was seen as both […]

VEITSTU HVÉ BLÓTA SKAL? The Old Norse blót in the light of osteological remains from Frösö Church, Jämtland, Sweden

 
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The Osteological remains from Frösö Church in Jämtland, have been re-analyzed in order to understand the Viking Age rituals at the site and to study the blót, the Old Norse sacrifice and feast.  Radiocarbon analyses of animal and human bones date the rituals to the late Viking Age.  A taphonomic study shows that especially brown […]

The Imperative Way

 
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This paper addresses a category of archaeological remains or monuments called “field labyrinths”. These monuments are often described as “mysterious” monuments since little is known about when or why they were created, and what their inherent meaning is or was. Although they seem to have been connected to ritual, cult and superstition, older Scandinavian written […]

An Island in the Middle of An Island: On cult, laws and authority in Viking Age Gotland.

 
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The present-day small village of Roma on Gotland in the Baltic Sea was the physical and symbolic centre of the island in the Iron Age and into Medieval times. Te Cistercian monastery and the meeting place of the island’s assembly, the all-thing, two well-known features of medieval Roma, have often been taken as indications of an egalitarian and non-stratified society […]

Narratives, Space and Drama: Essential Spatial Aspects Involved in the Performance and Reception of Oral Narrative

 
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In the past, oral narratives tended to be regarded as a two-dimensional phenomenon largely confined to the form of the spoken (or later) printed word. Over the last twenty years, however, oral narratives have gradually gained “thickness” in the eyes of folklore scholars who have increasingly demanded that more attention be paid to the social […]

The Religion of the Vikings

 
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What will be outlined here are the religious beliefs and rituals of the Scandinavians in the eighth to the eleventh centuries including those who went for trade, plunder or settlement abroad, that is, the ‘vikings’ properly speaking. Some among them were already Christians but the vast majority of the population still clung to their traditional religion. From a modern […]

Myth and Ritual in Pre-Christian Scandinavian Landscape

 
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I grew up in the forest region of northern Sweden. As a young boy, an old female relative of mine, an aunt to my father, told me now and then of her encounters with the ‘small people’ when she was herding cattle as a herdess at the seter in the forests, especially of the beautiful […]


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