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Narratives and Rituals of the Nightmare Hag in Scandinavian Folk Belief

Authors: Raudvere, Catharina

  • Explores varying conceptions of the Nightmare hag, mara, in Scandinavian folk belief
  • Analyses how this female creature was conceived of in oral literature and everyday ritual practice in pre-industrial Scandinavia
  • Evaluates what role she played in a larger pattern of belief in witchcraft and magic
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This books explores varying conceptions of the Nightmare hag, mara, in Scandinavian folk belief. What began as observations of some startling narratives preserved in folklore archives where sex, violence and curses are recurring themes gradually led to questions as to how rural people envisaged good and evil, illness and health, and cause and effect. At closer reading, narratives about the mara character involve existential themes, as well as comments on gender and social hierarchy. This monograph analyses how this female creature was conceived of in oral literature and everyday ritual practice in pre-industrial Scandinavia, and what role she played in a larger pattern of belief in witchcraft and magic.

About the authors

Catharina Raudvere is Professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies in the Section for the History of Religions at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Narratives and Rituals of the Nightmare Hag in Scandinavian Folk Belief
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-48919-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-48919-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-48918-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 276
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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