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Nordic Neoshamanisms by S. Kraft

This book proposes that the drive for religiosity and experiences of the sacred are far from lost in contemporary western societies. The contributors' objective is to explore the myriad of ways late modern shamanism is becoming more vital and personally significant to people, communities, and economies in Nordic countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137461391
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Series: Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities
Edition description: 2015
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Olav Hammer, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark Merete Demant Jakobsen, University of Oxford, UK Torunn Selberg, University of Bergen, Norway Bente Gullveig Alver, University of Bergen, Norway Henno Erikson Parks, Åbo Akademi, Finland Cato Christensen, Oslo University and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway Stein Roar Mathisen, Finnmark University College, Norway Anne Kalvig, University of Stavanger, Norway

Table of Contents

Introduction: Nordic Neo-Shamanisms; Siv Ellen Kraft, Trude Fonneland, James R. Lewis PART I: BACKGROUND 1. Late Modern Shamanism: Central Texts and Issues; Olav Hammer PART II: LATE MODERN SHAMANISM IN NORDIC COUNTRIES 2. The Rise of Neo Shamanism in Norway: Local Structures – Global Currents Trude Fonneland 3. The Way of the Teacher; Merete Demant Jakobsen 4. Shared Facilities: The Fabric of Shamanism, Spiritism, and Therapy in a Nordic Setting; Anne Kalvig 5. Shamanism – A Spiritual Heritage? The Significance of the Past in Shamanic Discourses; Torunn Selberg 6. Metroshamanism: A Search for Shamanic Identity in Modern Estonia; Henno Parks 7. New Age Medicine Men vs. New Age Noaidi: Same Neo-Shamanism, Different Socio-Political Situation; James R. Lewis 8. More or Less Genuine Shamans! The believer in an exchange between antiquity and modernity, between the local and the global; Bente Gullveig Alver PART III: NEO-SHAMANISM IN SECULAR CONTEXTS 9. Sami Shamanism and Indigenous Film: The Case of Pathfinder; Cato Christensen 10. Contextualizing Exhibited Versions of Sámi Noaidevuohta; Stein R. Mathisen 11. The Festival Isogaisa: Neo Shamanism in New Arenas; Trude Fonneland 12. Shamanism and Indigenous Soundscapes. The Case of Mari Boine; Siv Ellen Kraft

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"This is an important and highly interesting book discussing the scarcely researched area of the Nordic neoshamanistic contemporary religious scene from different empirical and theoretic perspectives. This volume consists of well written contributions by the best scholars of the field, highlighting the intersection between global influences and local traditions, as well as between religion and culture. I would heartily recommend it for both students and scholars alike." - Liselotte Frisk, Professor, Religious Studies, Dalarna University, Sweden

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