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Religions 2018, 9(7), 223; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9070223

Shamanism in Contemporary Norway: Concepts in Conflict

Cultural Studies, Tromsø University Museum, the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø 9037, Norway
Received: 15 June 2018 / Revised: 18 July 2018 / Accepted: 19 July 2018 / Published: 23 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ethnographies of Worldviews/Ways of Life)
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Abstract

To choose a terminology for an investigation of shamanism in contemporary Norway is not entirely without problems. Many shamans are adamant in rejecting the term religion in connection with their practices and choose broader rubrics when describing what they believe in. When shamanism was approved as an official religion by the Norwegian government in 2012, the tensions ran high, and many shamanic practitioners refused to accept the connection between religion and shamanism. This chapter provides an account of the emic categories and connections used today by shamanic entrepreneurs and others who share these types of spiritual beliefs. In particular, the advantages and disadvantages of the term religion and how it is deployed on the ground by shamans in Norway will be highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: shamanism; Shamanistic Association; terminology; religion; worldview; governmental regulations; politics shamanism; Shamanistic Association; terminology; religion; worldview; governmental regulations; politics
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