Bridges between Worlds: Spirits and Spirit Work in Northern Iceland (Paperback)
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Bridges between Worlds: Spirits and Spirit Work in Northern Iceland (Paperback)

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Paperback 252 Pages / Published: 26/04/2018
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Bridges between Worlds explores Icelandic spirit work, known as andleg mal, which features trance and healing practices that span earth and spirit realms, historical eras, scientific and supernatural worldviews, and cross-Atlantic cultures. Based on years of fieldwork conducted in the northern Icelandic town of Akureyri, Corinne G. Dempsey excavates andleg mal's roots within Icelandic history, and examines how this practice steeped in ancient folklore functions in the modern world. Weaving personal stories and anecdotes with engaging accounts of Icelandic religious and cultural traditions, Dempsey humanizes spirit practices that are so often demonized or romanticized. While recent years have seen an unprecedented boom in tourist travel to Iceland, Dempsey sheds light on a profoundly important, but thus far poorly understood element of the country's culture. Her aim is not to explain away andleg mal but to build bridges of comprehensibility through empathy for the participants who are, after all, not so different from the reader.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190883393
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 362 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm


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"The supernatural is surprisingly closer than we imagine, even in a modern, scientifically sophisticated world. Bridges Between Worlds offers a fascinating, experience-near account of spiritualism and supernaturalism in contemporary Iceland." --Tanya Marie Luhrmann, author of When God Talks Back


"In the land of Iceland, seemingly far-removed from the rest of the world, people of spiritual bent perform andleg mal to re-enchant a modernized world. Corinne Dempsey breaks new ground in this reflexive ethnography that places her within the narrative itself. Without being apologetic she empathetically demonstrates that her Icelandic friends are on a quest for something beyond the realm of the rational world we inhabit. This book will become an instant classic in contemporary spirituality studies." --Frank J. Korom, Professor of Religion and Anthropology, Boston University


"Bridges between Worlds, is a first-rate ethnography of spiritualism in Iceland. Most studies of trance and possession focus on non-European cultures, so it is refreshing to discover such a thoughtful study of such practices in Europe. The heart of the book is its rich and sympathetic descriptions of Icelandic Spiritualists, who truly come alive in these pages, as does the author herself. Bridges between Worlds will be a very useful book for those interested in religion in Iceland, trance, possession, healing, esotericism, and contemporary spiritual practices in Europe." --William S. Sax, Professor and Head of Department of Anthropology, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University


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"This is a well-written, engaging, and rewarding book."--Reading Religion


"The supernatural is surprisingly closer than we imagine, even in a modern, scientifically sophisticated world. Bridges Between Worlds offers a fascinating, experience-near account of spiritualism and supernaturalism in contemporary Iceland." --Tanya Marie Luhrmann, author of When God Talks Back


"In the land of Iceland, seemingly far-removed from the rest of the world, people of spiritual bent perform andleg m l to re-enchant a modernized world. Corinne Dempsey breaks new ground in this reflexive ethnography that places her within the narrative itself. Without being apologetic she empathetically demonstrates that her Icelandic friends are on a quest for something beyond the realm of the rational world we inhabit. This book will become an instant classic in contemporary spirituality studies." --Frank J. Korom, Professor of Religion and Anthropology, Boston University


"Bridges between Worlds, is a first-rate ethnography of spiritualism in Iceland. Most studies of trance and possession focus on non-European cultures, so it is refreshing to discover such a thoughtful study of such practices in Europe. The heart of the book is its rich and sympathetic descriptions of Icelandic Spiritualists, who truly come alive in these pages, as does the author herself. Bridges between Worlds will be a very useful book for those interested in religion in Iceland, trance, possession, healing, esotericism, and contemporary spiritual practices in Europe." --William S. Sax, Professor and Head of Department of Anthropology, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University


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