"The sieidi is a better altar/the noaidi’s drum a purer church bell": long term changes and syncretism at Sámi offering sites

Tiina Äikäs, Anna Kaisa Salmi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The changes in the Sámi ethnic religion practised by the indigenous people in northern Fennoscandia have often been described in terms of Christianization brought by Lutheran missions. The changes were, however, more long term and multifaceted. Archaeological excavations conducted at Sámi offering places have shown that the ethnic religion was never static, but the offering practices changed with time and in connection with changes in livelihood and society. In addition, syncretistic influences did not just derive from Christianity, but there were various agents and interplay among Christianity, the ethnic religion and contemporary neo-paganism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-82
Number of pages19
JournalWorld Archaeology
Volume45
Issue number1
Early online date4 Feb 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Fingerprint

syncretism
religion
long-term change
Christianity
church
Religion
Christianization
livelihood
excavation
Altar
Syncretism
Drum

Keywords

  • Sieidi
  • Sami ethnic religion
  • Christianity
  • Finnish Lapland
  • syncretism
  • long-term change

Cite this

"The sieidi is a better altar/the noaidi’s drum a purer church bell" : long term changes and syncretism at Sámi offering sites. / Äikäs, Tiina; Salmi, Anna Kaisa.

In: World Archaeology, Vol. 45, No. 1, 2013, p. 64-82.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{aaa4e91952624a8abaf94530c10f410f,
title = "{"}The sieidi is a better altar/the noaidi’s drum a purer church bell{"}: long term changes and syncretism at S{\'a}mi offering sites",
abstract = "The changes in the S{\'a}mi ethnic religion practised by the indigenous people in northern Fennoscandia have often been described in terms of Christianization brought by Lutheran missions. The changes were, however, more long term and multifaceted. Archaeological excavations conducted at S{\'a}mi offering places have shown that the ethnic religion was never static, but the offering practices changed with time and in connection with changes in livelihood and society. In addition, syncretistic influences did not just derive from Christianity, but there were various agents and interplay among Christianity, the ethnic religion and contemporary neo-paganism.",
keywords = "Sieidi, Sami ethnic religion, Christianity, Finnish Lapland, syncretism, long-term change",
author = "Tiina {\"A}ik{\"a}s and Salmi, {Anna Kaisa}",
year = "2013",
doi = "10.1080/00438243.2012.759510",
language = "English",
volume = "45",
pages = "64--82",
journal = "World Archaeology",
issn = "0043-8243",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - "The sieidi is a better altar/the noaidi’s drum a purer church bell"

T2 - long term changes and syncretism at Sámi offering sites

AU - Äikäs, Tiina

AU - Salmi, Anna Kaisa

PY - 2013

Y1 - 2013

N2 - The changes in the Sámi ethnic religion practised by the indigenous people in northern Fennoscandia have often been described in terms of Christianization brought by Lutheran missions. The changes were, however, more long term and multifaceted. Archaeological excavations conducted at Sámi offering places have shown that the ethnic religion was never static, but the offering practices changed with time and in connection with changes in livelihood and society. In addition, syncretistic influences did not just derive from Christianity, but there were various agents and interplay among Christianity, the ethnic religion and contemporary neo-paganism.

AB - The changes in the Sámi ethnic religion practised by the indigenous people in northern Fennoscandia have often been described in terms of Christianization brought by Lutheran missions. The changes were, however, more long term and multifaceted. Archaeological excavations conducted at Sámi offering places have shown that the ethnic religion was never static, but the offering practices changed with time and in connection with changes in livelihood and society. In addition, syncretistic influences did not just derive from Christianity, but there were various agents and interplay among Christianity, the ethnic religion and contemporary neo-paganism.

KW - Sieidi

KW - Sami ethnic religion

KW - Christianity

KW - Finnish Lapland

KW - syncretism

KW - long-term change

U2 - 10.1080/00438243.2012.759510

DO - 10.1080/00438243.2012.759510

M3 - Article

VL - 45

SP - 64

EP - 82

JO - World Archaeology

JF - World Archaeology

SN - 0043-8243

IS - 1

ER -