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The lost beliefs of northern Europe

Author: H R Ellis Davidson
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1993.
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"Fragments of ancient belief have been incorporated into folklore and Christian dogma with the result that its original tenets have merged with the myths and psychologies of the intervening years. Hilda Ellis Davidson sifts through centuries of cultural and religious influences to locate evidence of these "lost" pagan beliefs. Davidson illustrates how northern pagan religions have been represented and misinterpreted  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H R Ellis Davidson
ISBN: 0415049369 9780415049368 0415049377 9780415049375
OCLC Number: 27012262
Description: viii, 181 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Help from Archaeology. Sacred space. The burial at Vix. The ship-burial at Sutton Hoo. The ball at Yeavering. The Strettweg Wagon. The Gundestrup Cauldron. The memorial stones of Gotland. The contribution of archaeology --
2. Glimpses of the Gods. Early amulets. Stones from the Roman provinces. Myths and monuments. Naming after the gods. Divine names and titles --
3. The Gods in the Myths. Sources of the myths. The divine world. Myths of the divine community. Myths of Odin. Myths of Thor. Myths of Loki. Other deities in the myths --
4. The Cults of the Northern Gods. Communal worship. Cults of the battle-gods. The cult of Odin. The cult of Thor. The cult of Freyr --
5. Goddesses and Guardian Spirits. The cult of the Great Goddess. The local goddesses. Guardian spirits. The cult of the dead --
6. Contacts with the Otherworld. The early centuries. Funeral symbolism. Communication with the Otherworld. Holy places. Fitting the pieces together --
7. The Interpreters. The medieval Christian viewpoint. The first collectors. The solar myths. Ritual and myth. The structure of myth. The approach of Dumezil. Outside influences.
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The author illustrates how pagan beliefs have been represented and misinterpreted by the Christian tradition, and throws light on the nature of pre-Christian beliefs and how they have been preserved.  Read more...

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