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Människooffer i fornnordisk religion: En diskussion utifrån arkeologiskt material och källtexter
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
2016 (Swedish)In: Chaos. Dansk-norsk tidsskrift for religionhistoriske studier, ISSN 0108-4453, E-ISSN 1901-9106, Vol. 1, no 65, 125-148 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The discussion of ritual killing and sacrifice of humans in Old Norse religion has a long

tradition. In the more text oriented discipline of history of religions, the opinion has

sometimes been very critical to the theories that human sacrifices were performed, while

the discipline of archaeology has been more inclined to interpret some finds as the traces

of sacrifice, although sometimes due to a too wide definition of the word ‘sacrifice’. Since

the two disciplines use different sources, the research needs an analysis of the religious

phenomenon with a consideration of the archaeological material, and with respect to

how the two disciplines may contribute to the analysis. The written sources mention and

describe human sacrifices, but the question of their authenticity is problematic. Some new

archaeological surveys have revealed finds that has raised the question of human sacrifices

during Late Iron Age in the northern countries anew. The new archaeological material

may provide an altered interpretation of the written texts. But then we need to discuss the

definition of ‘human sacrifice’ from the perspectives of both disciplines.

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2016. Vol. 1, no 65, 125-148 p.
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History of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141074OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141074DiVA: diva2:1085623
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