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The Merits and Limits of Comparative Philology in the Study of Germanic Religion
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To the same extent that students of Old Norse religion should be encouraged to move beyond the generic bounds of mythology, the geographical and linguistic limits implied by the term “Old Norse” should be considered to obstruct the full appreciation of this religion. Whereas terms such as “Nordic” or “European” refer to a spatial dimension of mutual influence exceeding these limits, terms such as “Germanic” or “Indo-European” refer to a temporal dimension of linguistic mediation extending beyond and beneath the Germanic dialects of Scandinavia. The purpose of this paper is to take a closer look at the second issue. What can we hope to learn about Old Norse religion by interrogating the Germanic and Indo-European antecedents of the religious vocabulary?

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History of Religions
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History of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42387OAI: diva2:345878
Artikel i den kommande boken ”More than Mythology” (prel. titel). Red. Catharina Raudvere.Available from: 2010-08-27 Created: 2010-08-27

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