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Sorcery And Religion In Ancient Scandinavia

Author : Varg Vikernes
ISBN : 0956695930
Genre : Mythology, Norse
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"This book is written as an attempt to describe the traditions and beliefs of the Ancient Europeans" -- p. 6.
Category: Mythology, Norse

Old Norse Religion In Long Term Perspectives

Author : Anders Andrén
ISBN : 9789189116818
Genre : History
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The study of Old Norse Religion is a truly multidisciplinary and international field of research. The rituals, myths and narratives of pre-Christian Scandinavia are investigated and interpreted by archaeologists, historians, art historians, historians of religion as well as scholars of literature, onomastics and Scandinavian studies. For obvious reasons, these studies belong to the main curricula in Scandinavia but are also carried out at many other universities in Europe, the United States and Australia a fact that is evident to any reader of this book. In order to bring this broad and varied field of research together, an international conference on Old Norse religion was held in Lund in June 2004. About two hundred delegates from more than fifteen countries took part. The intention was to gather researchers to encourage and improve scholarly exchange and dialogue, and Old Norse religion in long-term perspectives presents a selection of the proceedings from that conference. The 75 contributions elucidate topics such as worldview and cosmology, ritual and religious practice, myth and memory as well as the reception and present-day use of Old Norse religion. The main editors of this volume have directed the multidisciplinary research project Roads to Midgard since 2000. The project is based at Lund University and funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.
Category: History

Reflections On European Mythology And Polytheism

Author : Varg Vikernes
ISBN : 1522898476
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This 92 page book is a collection of texts from Thulean Perspective about European polytheism and mythology, and related topics, written by Varg Vikernes, author of "Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia" as well as "MYFAROG".

Ancestor Worship And The Elite In Late Iron Age Scandinavia

Author : Triin Laidoner
ISBN : 9780429815997
Genre : History
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Ancestor worship is often assumed by contemporary European audiences to be an outdated and primitive tradition with little relevance to our societies, past and present. This book questions that assumption and seeks to determine whether ancestor ideology was an integral part of religion in Viking Age and early medieval Scandinavia. The concept is examined from a broad socio-anthropological perspective, which is used to structure a set of case studies which analyse the cults of specific individuals in Old Norse literature. The situation of gods in Old Norse religion has been almost exclusively addressed in isolation from these socio-anthropological perspectives. The public gravemound cults of deceased rulers are discussed conventionally as cases of sacral kingship, and, more recently, religious ruler ideology; both are seen as having divine associations in Old Norse scholarship. Building on the anthropological framework, this study introduces the concept of ‘superior ancestors’, employed in social anthropology to denote a form of political ancestor worship used to regulate social structure deliberately. It suggests that Old Norse ruler ideology was based on conventional and widely recognised religious practices revolving around kinship and ancestors and that the gods were perceived as human ancestors belonging to elite families.
Category: History

Medieval Scandinavia

Author : Phillip Pulsiano
ISBN : 0824047877
Genre : History
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Tom Bjornstad highlights the history and architecture of medieval Scandinavia. Bjornstad discusses the burial mound at Stein in Ringerike in Norway, the Stave Church in Norway, folk costumes of Norway, crystal art, the Vikings, and more.
Category: History

Routledge Revivals Medieval Scandinavia 1993

Author : Phillip Pulsiano
ISBN : 9781351665018
Genre : History
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First published in 1993, Medieval Scandinavia: An Encyclopedia covers every aspect of the region during the Middle Ages, including rulers and saints, overviews of the countries, religion, education, politics and law, culture and material life, history, literature, and art. Written by a team of expert contributors, the encyclopedia offers those who lack command of the various Scandinavian languages a basic tool for the study of Medieval Scandinavia from roughly the Migration Period to the Reformation. With full-page maps, useful supplementary photos, cross-references and a comprehensive index, this work will be a valuable and absorbing volume for students of the Norse sagas, the Viking age, and Old English history and literature, and for anyone interested in the cultural and historical heritage of Scandinavia.
Category: History

Myfarog Mythic Fantasy Role Playing Game

Author : Varg Vikernes
ISBN : 1522875077
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MYFAROG (Mythic Fantasy Role-playing Game) (2E) is a fantasy role-playing game, with a setting based on European mythology, religion and fairy tales. The rules are very modular, meaning you can play the game rules light or rules heavy, as you please. The rules are designed to make sense, and to give the players the ability to immerse themselves in Thulê; a highly credible fantasy world similar to the European Classical Antiquity (some places touching into the Viking Age or the Bronze Age), but yet different. In Thulê, sorcery and the ancient deities are real, and the world is inhabited by not only humans, but also elves, nymphs, dwarves, ettins and trolls, as well as other creatures. This art-minimalistic 124 page core rule-book (with black-and-white interior) is an all-in-one rule-book, so it contains all the information you need to play the game (and to make your own adventures and campaigns) indefinitely. A digital high resolution map of Thulê can be found here: Because the setting is based on real world locations (Lofoten and Vesteralen in Northern Norway) you can also use online map services, to get highly detailed and realistic maps of the world of Thulê, in any scale you want. This (version 2.4) is the fifth version of MYFAROG (2E). It has been printed four times before (version 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3), meaning the errata for this version is minimal (at this point non-existing). NB! You need a set of polyhedral dice to play the game.

Witchcraft And Magic In The Nordic Middle Ages

Author : Stephen A. Mitchell
ISBN : 0812203712
Genre : History
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Stephen A. Mitchell here offers the fullest examination available of witchcraft in late medieval Scandinavia. He focuses on those people believed to be able—and who in some instances thought themselves able—to manipulate the world around them through magical practices, and on the responses to these beliefs in the legal, literary, and popular cultures of the Nordic Middle Ages. His sources range from the Icelandic sagas to cultural monuments much less familiar to the nonspecialist, including legal cases, church art, law codes, ecclesiastical records, and runic spells. Mitchell's starting point is the year 1100, by which time Christianity was well established in elite circles throughout Scandinavia, even as some pre-Christian practices and beliefs persisted in various forms. The book's endpoint coincides with the coming of the Reformation and the onset of the early modern Scandinavian witch hunts. The terrain covered is complex, home to the Germanic Scandinavians as well as their non-Indo-European neighbors, the Sámi and Finns, and it encompasses such diverse areas as the important trade cities of Copenhagen, Bergen, and Stockholm, with their large foreign populations; the rural hinterlands; and the insular outposts of Iceland and Greenland. By examining witches, wizards, and seeresses in literature, lore, and law, as well as surviving charm magic directed toward love, prophecy, health, and weather, Mitchell provides a portrait of both the practitioners of medieval Nordic magic and its performance. With an understanding of mythology as a living system of cultural signs (not just ancient sacred narratives), this study also focuses on such powerful evolving myths as those of "the milk-stealing witch," the diabolical pact, and the witches' journey to Blåkulla. Court cases involving witchcraft, charm magic, and apostasy demonstrate that witchcraft ideologies played a key role in conceptualizing gender and were themselves an important means of exercising social control.
Category: History

Men Monsters

Author : Varg Vikernes
ISBN : 1523637625
Genre :
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DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK unless you want a book with most of the men and all the monsters you can encounter in Thule. Each named NPC from the MYFAROG core rule-book, most NPC categories (e. g. Civilian Hunters, Khemetian Merchant Guards, Rangers, Cultists, Assassins, etc.) with different experience levels, and all the monsters each have a separate stat block. There are also a few new creatures (Giant Toad, Rat Swarm, Cursed Tree, Crawling Creep, Large Forest Ettin/Ogre, Small Forest Ettin/Yrch, Elf Queen, Dwarf Lord, Ancient Hulda, Ancient Skeleton, Warrior Wight, Ancient Ghost, Ancient Sea Wraith/Wraith and Shadow Sorcerer) in this book. This handy 155 page book is small (5 * 8 inches) and very useful for myth masters for quick reference. Men & Monsters also includes advanced tracking rules and new random encounter tables, including the new creatures found in this book."

Encyclopedia Of Religion

Author : Lindsay Jones
ISBN : UOM:39015059251218
Genre : Religion
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Among Library Journal's picks of the most important reference works of the millennium - with the Encyclopedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia - Mircea Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion won the American Library Associations' Dartmouth Medal in 1988 and is widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field. This second edition, which is intended to reflect both changes in academia and in the world since 1987, includes almost all of the 2,750 original entries - many heavily updated - as well as approximately 600 entirely new articles. Preserving the best of Eliade's cross-cultural approach, while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers. The result is an essential purchase for libraries of all kinds.
Category: Religion

The Viking Way

Author : Neil S. Price
ISBN : 9150616269
Genre : Archaelogy and religion
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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 the time. This book examines the evidence for Old Norse sorcery, looking at its meaning and function, practice and practitioners, and the complicated constructions of gender and sexual identity with which these were underpinned. Combining strong elements of eroticism and aggression, sorcery appears as a fundamental domain of women's power, linking them with the gods, the dead and the future. Their battle spells and combat rituals complement the men's physical acts of fighting, in a supernatural empowerment of the Viking way of life. What emerges is a fundamentally new image of the world in which the Vikings understood themselves to move, in which magic and its implications permeated every aspect of a society permanently geared for war. In this fully revised and expanded second edition, Neil Price takes us with him on a tour through the sights and sounds of this undiscovered country, meeting its human and otherworldly inhabitants, including the Sami with whom the Norse partly shared this mental landscape. On the way we explore Viking notions of the mind and soul, the fluidity of the boundaries that they drew between humans and animals, and the immense variety of their spiritual beliefs. We find magic in the Vikings' bedrooms and on their battlefields, and we meet the sorcerers themselves through their remarkable burials and the tools of their trade. Combining archaeology, history and literary scholarship with extensive studies of Germanic and circumpolar religion, this multi-award-winning book shows us the Vikings as we have never seen them before.
Category: Archaelogy and religion

Handbook Of Norse Mythology

Author : John Lindow
ISBN : 9781576072172
Genre : Reference
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Describes the themes, characters, rituals, and beliefs of Norse mythology.
Category: Reference

Death And The Afterlife

Author : Richard P. Taylor
ISBN : UOM:39015049978268
Genre : Reference
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Covers major religious and cultural traditions of death, burial, and the afterlife from prehistoric times to the present day.
Category: Reference

Reflections On Old Norse Myths

Author : Pernille Hermann
ISBN : UOM:39015077135120
Genre : Literary Criticism
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When seeking to understand the function of mythology in the pagan past and in medieval Iceland scholars are confronted with the problem of how sources from the Middle Ages can properly be used. The articles in this volume demonstrate diverse angles from which Old Norse mythological texts can be viewed. Many discuss methodological problems in dealing with the texts and draw on expertise from different fields of study such as history, philology, literary studies, and history of religions. The authors are all established experts in the field, but demonstrate new approaches to the study of Old Norse mythology, and offer insights into possible new directions for research.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Encyclopedia Of Religion

Author : Mircea Eliade
ISBN : 0029098203
Genre : Religion
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A comprehensive guide to the history, beliefs, concepts, practices, and major figures of religions past and present.
Category: Religion

Waverley Novels

Author : Sir Walter Scott
ISBN : UVA:X030584568
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