New Book about Religious Traditions of the Peoples of the Arctic

Read about the religions around the Arctic in the edited volume, Religions around the Arctic: Source Criticism an Comparisons (Håkan Rydving & Konsta Kaikkonen, eds).

The indigenous religious traditions of the peoples of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic areas were and are highly varied. Despite their diversity, these traditions have often been presented as similar. In recent research variations and local characteristics have gained increasing attention.

The explicit emphasis in this volume is on differences and nuances. Accordingly, critical analyses of earlier research, different forms of source criticism, and comparative methods that look for more than just similarities are applied here as essential analytical tools.

Some of the chapters focus on aspects of the traditional cultures of these northern peoples, others offer critical readings of research about them. The themes of the chapters that deal with traditional practices and narratives vary from hostage traditions to ancestor mountains, from bear rituals and sweat baths to the ritual drum.

The editors of the book

The volume has been edited by Håkan Rydving, professor of the History of Religions at the University of Bergen, and Konsta Kaikkonen, senior lecturer in the Study of Religions at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

Read this book today

At the Stockholm University Press website you can download an ePub or pdf-file that allows you to read the book online or access it on multiple devices. You may also also order a print copy of the book through the website:

Stockholm Studies in Comparative Religion

Religions around the Arctic: Source Criticism an Comparisons is published in the peer-reviewed book series Stockholm Studies in Comparative Religion by Stockholm University Press.

About the publisher Stockholm University Press

Stockholm University Press (SUP) is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books. We aim to make journals and books affordable, and to give them the widest possible dissemination, so that researchers around the world can find and access the information they need without barriers.

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