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The Viking Way


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List of figures and tables Abbreviations Preface and acknowledgements to the first edition Preface and acknowledgements to the second edition A note on language A note on seid 1. Different Vikings? Towards a cognitive archaeology of the later Iron Age A beginning at Birka Textual archaeology and the Iron Age The Other and the Odd? An archaeology of the Viking mind? 2. Problems and paradigms in the study of Old Norse sorcery Entering the mythology Research perspectives on Scandinavian pre-Christian religion Gods and monsters, worship and superstition The shape of Old Norse religion The double world: seidr and the problem of Old Norse 'magic' Seidr in the sources Seidr in research 3. Seidr Odinn Freyja and the magic of the Vanir Seidr and Old Norse cosmology The performers The performance Engendering seidr Seidr and the concept of the soul The domestic sphere of seidr Seidr contextualised 4. Noaidevuohta Seidr and the Sami Sami-Norse relations in the Viking Age Sami religion and the Drum-Time Rydving's terminology of noaidevuohta Women and noaidevuohta The rituals of noaidevuohta The ethnicity of religious context in Viking-Age Scandinavia 5. Circumpolar religion and the question of Old Norse shamanism The circumpolar cultures and the invention of shamanism The shamanic world-view Shamanism in Scandinavia Seidr and circumpolar shamanism 6. The supernatural empowerment of aggression Seidr and the world of war Valkyrjur, skaldmeyjar and hjalmvitr Supernatural agency in battle The projection of destruction Battle magic Seidr and the shifting of shape Berserkir and ulfhednar Ecstasy, psychic dislocation and the dynamics of mass violence Weaving war, grinding battle: Darradarljod and Grottas ongr in context 7. The Viking way A reality in stories Viking women, Viking men 8. Magic and mind Receptions and reactions Cracks in the ice of Norse 'religion' Walking into the seidr: contested interpretations of Viking-Age magic Queering magic? The social world of war The Viking mind: a conclusion References Primary sources, including translations Pre-nineteenth-century sources for the early Sami and Siberian cultures Secondary sources Sources in archive Index

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by Neil Price


"The Viking Way by Neil Price is one of the most insightful, original, and compelling books ever published on the Vikings. It's essential for understanding the intellectual, spiritual, and moral universe within which the Vikings lived."--Daniel McCoy "Norse Mythology (online) "

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