Mythic Images and Shamanism

Mythic Images and Shamanism

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Siikala, Anna-Leena
Mythic Images and Shamanism. A Perspective on Kalevala Poetry
Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
FF Communications 280
Vammala 2002, 423 pp.


This work analyses the shamanistic images and metaphors encountered in the oral poetry of the Baltic Finns and at the same time examines the action of the ecstatic itietäjä/is and the seers who fell into a trance. It thus reveals the images and metaphors and their variations associated with the shamans skills, the topography and inhabitants of the other world and the shamans journey there. Anna-Leena Siikala traces mythic images in the light of Old Norse poetry and sagas, the myths of Antiquity and the Middle East, medieval visions, Siberian and Sami shamanism, archaeology and linguistic developments.


ISBN 951-41-0901-5
ISSN 0014-5815