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Old Norse Religion in Long-Term Perspectives

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en Limba Engleză Hardback – 20 Jul 2006
Consists of over 70 papers written by scholars concerned with pre-Christian Norse religion. The articles represent subjects such as archaeology, art history, historical archaeology, history, history of ideas, theological history, literature, onomastics, Scandinavian languages, and Scandinavian studies. This characteristic reflects the interdisciplinary aim of the conference and also the book. The idea was to bring together text-based and material-based researchers to improve scholarly exchange and dialogue. The variety on the contributions elucidate topics as worldview and cosmology, ritual and religious practice, myth and memory as well as reception and present-day use of old Norse religion.
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ISBN-13: 9789189116818
ISBN-10: 918911681X
Pagini: 416
Ilustrații: b/w illus
Dimensiuni: 217 x 297 x 35 mm
Greutate: 1.57 kg
Editura: Nordic Academic Press


The conference and its context; Old Norse religion; Can archaeologists study prehistoric cosmology?; Narrative worlds, human environments, and poets; The case of Bragi; Centrality in Old Norse mental landscapes; A world of stone; Bound animal bodies; The imperative way; Homogeneity and heterogeneity in Old Norse cosmology; The gendering of death in eddic cosmology; The Askr and Embla myth in a comparative perspective; The edges of the Old Norse world-view; Hanging on the world tree; Rituals, witnesses, and sagas; Iron in the making - Technology and symbolism; The origins of Old Norse ritual and religion in European perspective; How to sort out ritual from context of practice; Escaping the allure of meaning; Myth and metallurgy; Humans and gods interacting at Augusta Treverorum in Late Antiquity; Performing death; The Roman Iron Age in perspectives and perceptions; Harnessing the hunger; Wolves, serpents, and birds; The horse and its role in Icelandic burial practices, mythology, and society; The heroised dead; Cemeteries and ritual meals; The universe container; Scandinavian burial rites on the southern Baltic coast; Grinding processes and reproductive metaphors; Spinning seiðr; The concept of shamanism in Old Norse religion from a sociological point of view; What's in a name?; Bridging mythology and belief; Ornaments, ornamentation, and female gender; Among trees, bones, and stones; My home is my castle; Ancient building cults; Odin and Mithras; Thor's hammer in Norway; The temple in Rhetra-Riedegost; Parchim-Löddigsee - late Slavonic temple and trading site; Pre-Christian cult at Arkona; Rituals and power; Ritual building and ritual space; The Uppåkra beaker; Guldgubber; Myth and the psychology of memory; Theories, explanatory models and terminology; Poetry and Practice; Where does Old Norse religion end?; Archaeology and sacrifice; Misconceptions concerning paganism and folklore in medieval art; Völuspá and the tree of life; On wind and waves; Potentialities of Loki; Love among gods and men; Past memories; Ancient mounds for new graves; What shall we do with Reinaert the Fox?; Heroes, kings, and gods; The advent of the esteemed horseman-sovereign; The use and abuse of Old Norse religion; Kings, cowpies, and creation; The "Allgermanische Heidnische Front" and Old Norse religion; The organism within; From queen to sorcerer; Drudgery dwarf; The measures of Old Norse religion in long-term perspective.

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Anders Andren is a professor of archeology at Stockholm University, Sweden. Kristina Jennbert is an associate professor of archeology at Lund University, Sweden.