Fire, Water, Heaven and Earth: Ritual Practice and Cosmology in Ancient Scandinavia - An Indo-European Perspective

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Archaeological excavations of prehistoric Scandinavian graves and ritual sites often reveal seemingly enigmatic and contradictory features. Interpretation from a comparative Indo-European perspective allows a partly new approach to material which at first sight seems fragmentary and anonymous. The interpretations in this book proceed from cosmological beliefs occurring in various Indo-European traditions. The author discusses mortuary practices and votive customs in ancient Scandinavian tradition in a long-term perspective, with a comparative Indo-European approach.

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Anders Kaliff is Associate Professor of Archaeology at Uppsala University and Deputy Head of the Department of Archaeological Excavations within the Swedish National Heritage Board.

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Kaliff has written a thought-provoking, intriguing and passionately argued reconstruction of later prehistoric cosmologies in Scandinavia... it deserves to be read by all students of Nordic religion.' (Neil Price Antiquity, Vol. 82, 2008)

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Book Description Riksantikvarieämbetet, 2007. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 216 pp., illustrations, bibliography. inscription on half-title page. Archaeological excavations of prehistoric Scandinavian graves and ritual sites often reveal seemingly enigmatic and contradictory features. Interpretation from a comparative Indo-European perspective allows a partly new approach to material which at first sight seems fragmentary and anonymous. The interpretations in this book proceed from cosmological beliefs occurring in various Indo-European traditions. The author discusses mortuary practices and votive customs in ancient Scandinavian tradition in a long-term perspective, with a comparative Indo-European approach. Bookseller Inventory # 9172094508AMA030117

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