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Blod och blót: Blodets betydelse och funktion vid fornskandinaviska offerriter
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
2017 (Swedish)In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, E-ISSN 2001-9416, Vol. 68, 275-308 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, Snorri Sturluson’s description of the pre-Christian sacrifice of Hákonar saga góða 14–18 is discussed from a source-critical perspective with a focus on the sacrificial terminology, the bloody rites and the ritual objects used. In addition to this, I broaden my documentation to other sources that inform about the ancient Scandinavian sacrifices in order to investigate whether Snorri’s description is based on old traditions. In this context I also establish a broader comparative perspective, including Greek and Roman sources. During the latter part of the article the significance and function of sacrificial blood in the Viking Age religion is discussed, in which earlier interpretations are also taken into ac­count. The overall hypothesis is that the blood had an important significance in the Viking Age calendrical rituals in Scandinavia, just as Snorri suggests. In the kind of rites depicted by Snorri the blood was perceived as a sacrificial gift (i.e. “the divine part”) of a communion meal.

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2017. Vol. 68, 275-308 p.
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Hákonar saga góða, sacrificial blood, sacrificial terminology, bloody rites, ritual objects, communion meals
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History of Religions
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History of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150511OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150511DiVA: diva2:1168777
Available from: 2017-12-21 Created: 2017-12-21 Last updated: 2017-12-21Bibliographically approved

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