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Lin och vit kvarts: Jämförelse som redskap och analogins förföriska lockelse
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
2009 (Swedish)In: Utskrift (Halmstad)Halmstad : Uppdragsverksamheten, Stiftelsen Hallands länsmuseer, 51-63 p.Article, review/survey (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Flax and white quartz. Comparison as a tool and the seductive temptation of analogy. At the site of Käringsjön, archaeologists have found food remains, flax and white quartz, all of which also play a significant role in later written sources concerning the pre-Christian religion in Scandinavia. But how relevant are those late sources for the sacrificial site of Käringsjön? Contemporary sources such as Tacitus’ Germania, on the other hand, have other difficulties. The Käringsjön finds tells us more about the Late Iron Age than other sacrificial sites from the same period. To a large extent they contain weapons, whereas no weapons have been found in Käringsjön. This article deals with some of the problems of the use of comparison and analogies, but also suggests how to use them and what they may tell us about the unique site of Käringsjön. Using late Iron Age or medieval sources for the early Iron Age, carries the risk of hiding the genuine conceptions of the period and filling gaps with material that may be totally irrelevant. Early Iron Age man, too, has a right to be unique.

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Halmstad: Kulturmiljö Halland , 2009. 51-63 p.
Keyword [sv]
Äldre järnålder
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History of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-27906OAI: diva2:220019
Available from: 2009-05-29 Created: 2009-05-29 Last updated: 2012-02-29Bibliographically approved

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