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  • Tangible Religion: Amulets, Illnesses, and the Demonic Seven Sisters

    Rudolf Simek, Olof Sundqvist

    Chapter from the book: Wikström af Edholm, K et al. 2019. Myth, Materiality and Lived Religion: In Merovingian and Viking Scandinavia.

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    Numerous amulets from the Scandinavian Middle Ages mention álfar, demons, or Seven Sisters, which need to be conjured to avert illnesses form the bearer of the amulet. This paper attempts to shed some light on the question of what sort of illnesses were actually meant by closely looking at the amulets’ texts and parallels from medieval manuscripts from all over Europe.

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    Simek R. & Sundqvist O. 2019. Tangible Religion: Amulets, Illnesses, and the Demonic Seven Sisters. In: Wikström af Edholm, K et al (eds.), Myth, Materiality and Lived Religion. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bay.m

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    Published on June 3, 2019


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