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Händelser vid vatten: om näcken vid Lutbron och de förkristna dödsoffren i sjön Bokaren, Uppland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
2014 (Swedish)In: Saga och sed: Kungl. Gustav Adolfs akademiens årsbok. 2014 / [ed] Maj Reinhammar, Uppsala: Kungliga Gustav Adolfs Akadmien , 2014Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The oral traditions and the archaeological context of the lake Bokaren are in focus in this article. During the Late Iron Age a cultic site where humans and animals were ritually killed was placed in the lake. Nearby was a contemporaneous elite settlement called Hov, marked by a concentration of large burial mounds. Many hundreds of years later a master fiddler was born and bred by the lake. He learnt his extraordinary musical skills from näcken. This occurred at the stream running out of lake and thus by the waters that had passed through platform in the lake with the remains of human and animals. This is viewed as no coincidence, instead it is argued that the oral traditions of näcken can be understood in a deeper time perspective than has formerly been applied.

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Uppsala: Kungliga Gustav Adolfs Akadmien , 2014.
, Årsbok för Kungliga Gustav Adolfs Akadmien, ISSN 0586-5360
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folklore traditions, näcken, wetland rituals, bog skeletons, cultic site
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123605OAI: diva2:875097
Available from: 2015-11-30 Created: 2015-11-30 Last updated: 2015-12-09Bibliographically approved

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