Nordic Religions in the Viking Age

Nordic Religions in the Viking Age

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by Thomas DuBois
     
 

Thomas DuBois unravels for the first time the history of the Nordic religions in the Viking Age. "A seminal study of Nordic religions that future scholars will not be able to avoid."—Church History

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Thomas DuBois unravels for the first time the history of the Nordic religions in the Viking Age. "A seminal study of Nordic religions that future scholars will not be able to avoid."—Church History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812217148
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Series:
The Middle Ages Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
631,491
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.06(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas A. DuBois is Associate Professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Finnish Folk Poetry and the Kalevala.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Communities of Belief1
Ch. 1The Cultures and History of the Viking-Age North9
Ch. 2Religions in the Viking Age: Contexts and Concepts for Analysis29
Ch. 3Gods, Guides, and Guardians: Spiritual Aids45
Ch. 4Visitors from Beyond: Death, Afterlife, and the Problem of Ghosts69
Ch. 5Concepts of Health and Healing93
Ch. 6The Intercultural Dimensions of the Seior Ritual121
Ch. 7The Coming of the Cross: Religious and Artistic Effects139
Ch. 8Achieving Faith: Christian Themes and Pagan Functions173
Epilogue205
Glossary207
Notes211
Bibliography233
Index259

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