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Quote:This paper outlines a methodology for approaching mythology in earlier cultural environments for which written sources are limited or completely lacking. This methodology here specifically targets how to relate that mythology to evidence in the material record. This is illustrated through the case of the so-called clay paw rite of Viking Age Åland. Åland presents an interesting example owing to its position between linguistic-cultural areas on the one hand while the language and intangible culture of Åland remains otherwise unknown. The clay paw rite is a distinctively Ålandic phenomenon of the late Iron Age that is customarily interpreted as related either to a cult of the bear or a cult of the beaver. This rite is also interesting because it was apparently carried by Ålanders along the Eastern Route where it became established deep in a Finno-Ugric cultural area.

The methodology outlined here includes a theoretical framework for approaching 'mythology' in terms of systems of symbols, relating these to narratives, magic and ritual practices. All of the systems of symbols within a cultural environment (which may include both e.g. Christian and vernacular systems, vernacular Germanic and Finnic systems, etc.) are together approached as a 'symbolic matrix' within which there can be different perspectives. The different perspectives are discussed in relation to different genres of performative practices and different institutions or social roles of ritual specialist, from ritual lamenters to Christian priests. The local and regional developments of mythology that are historical outcomes of both external contacts and internal change are viewed as producing 'dialects' of mythology. The long history of contacts and interactions in the Baltic Sea region are viewed as forming the equivalent of a language-dialect continuum for (at least certain areas of) mythologies cross-culturally. Åland is situated on this continuum between North Germanic and North Finnic cultures. This situation on the continuum enables certain reasonable inferences about the mythology current in the Viking Age irrespective of whether Åland was a Scandinavian- or Finnic-speaking area. The inferences that this approach enables are then applied to the case of the clay paw rite, the evidence of which is considered material outcomes of a mythologically informed symbolic practice.

Publication Date: 2014

Publication Name: In The Viking Age in Åland: Insights into Identity and Remnants of Culture. Ed. Joonas Ahola, Frog & Jenni Lucenius. Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae Humaniora 372. Helsinki: Academia Scientiarum Fennica. Pp. 349–414.

Research Interests: Philology, Religion, Comparative Religion, Mythology And Folklore, History, and 27 more
https://www.academia.edu/12361723/From_M...%C3%85land

I'd never heard of the Wendish god Turupið before, never mind his connection with Estonian Taarapita!

I just came across this little paper, and though I haven't had time to read it properly tonight, the bit I skimmed seems interesting enough. I put it here for others, and partly just to "bookmark" it for myself when I get time to read properly!

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I understand Åland became Germanic in the early medieval period and before that it was mainly inhabited by Finnic-speakers of the same stock that migrated from Northern and Western Estonia to Finland proper.

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(2015 May 17 12:21)Mustapaita Wrote:  I understand Åland became Germanic in the early medieval period and before that it was mainly inhabited by Finnic-speakers of the same stock that migrated from Northern and Western Estonia to Finland proper.

British unionists use the same argument - Anglo-Saxons absorbed a lot of Celts, thus English are Celtic in denial so we're really the same British ethnicity and English people don't really exist.
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(2015 Jun 09 07:48)Albion Wrote:  British unionists use the same argument - Anglo-Saxons absorbed a lot of Celts, thus English are Celtic in denial so we're really the same British ethnicity and English people don't really exist.

But I didn't use that argument.

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