Shamanism in Norse Myth and Magic II

Shamanism in Norse Myth and Magic II

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Tolley, Clive
Shamanism in Norse Myth and Magic II. Reference Materials
Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters
FF Communications 297
Sastamala 2009, viii + 286 pp. + 16 pp. maps plates


FFC 296 + 297 soft 50 €. In this study, Clive Tolley presents the main features of Siberian shamanism, as they are relevant for comparison with Norse sources, and examines the Norse texts in detail to determine how far it is reasonable to assign a label of “shamanism” to the human and divine magical practices of pre-Christian Scandinavia, whose existence, it is argued, in many cases resides mainly in the imaginative tradition of the poets.

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ISBN 978-951-41-1030-6
ISSN 0014-5815