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The Viking way : magic and mind in Late Iron Age Scandinavia

Author: Neil S Price
Publisher: Oxford : Oxbow Books 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Seond edition, fully revised and expandedView all editions and formats
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Magic, sorcery and witchcraft are among the most common themes of the great medieval Icelandic sagas and poems, the problematic yet vital sources that provide our primary textual evidence for the Viking Age that they claim to describe. Yet despite the consistency of this picture, surprisingly little archaeological or historical research has been done to explore what this may really have meant to the men and women of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Neil S Price
ISBN: 9781785708022 1785708023 9781785708046 178570804X
OCLC Number: 1103320931
Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 398 pages) : illustrations .
Contents: List of figures and tablesAbbreviationsPreface and acknowledgements to the first editionPreface and acknowledgements to the second editionA note on languageA note on seid1. Different Vikings? Towards a cognitive archaeology of the later Iron AgeA beginning at BirkaTextual archaeology and the Iron AgeThe Other and the Odd?An archaeology of the Viking mind?2. Problems and paradigms in the study of Old Norse sorceryEntering the mythologyResearch perspectives on Scandinavian pre-Christian religionGods and monsters, worship and superstitionThe shape of Old Norse religionThe double world: seidr and the problem of Old Norse 'magic'Seidr in the sourcesSeidr in research3. SeidrOdinnFreyja and the magic of the VanirSeidr and Old Norse cosmologyThe performersThe performanceEngendering seidrSeidr and the concept of the soulThe domestic sphere of seidrSeidr contextualised4. NoaidevuohtaSeidr and the SamiSami-Norse relations in the Viking AgeSami religion and the Drum-TimeRydving's terminology of noaidevuohtaWomen and noaidevuohtaThe rituals of noaidevuohtaThe ethnicity of religious context in Viking-Age Scandinavia5. Circumpolar religion and the question of Old Norse shamanismThe circumpolar cultures and the invention of shamanismThe shamanic world-viewShamanism in ScandinaviaSeidr and circumpolar shamanism6. The supernatural empowerment of aggressionSeidr and the world of warValkyrjur, skaldmeyjar and hjalmvitrSupernatural agency in battleThe projection of destructionBattle magicSeidr and the shifting of shapeBerserkir and ulfhednarEcstasy, psychic dislocation and the dynamics of mass violenceWeaving war, grinding battle: Darradarljod and Grottas ongr in context7. The Viking wayA reality in storiesViking women, Viking men8. Magic and mindReceptions and reactionsCracks in the ice of Norse 'religion'Walking into the seidr: contested interpretations of Viking-Age magicQueering magic?The social world of warThe Viking mind: a conclusionReferencesPrimary sources, including translationsPre-nineteenth-century sources for the early Sami and Siberian culturesSecondary sourcesSources in archiveIndex
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