Animals and Humans: Recurrent Symbiosis in Archaeology and Old Norse Religion
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Animals and Humans: Recurrent Symbiosis in Archaeology and Old Norse Religion

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Exploring the relationship between animals and humans in Scandinavia from the Roman Iron Age to the Viking Period, this book interprets Old Norse mythology--in which imaginary creatures with strong characters were invented--and examines the importance of animals in the human world. According to Old Norse perceptions, real and fantasy animals in Midgard became mouthpieces f...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by Nordic Academic Press
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Lee Broderick
This is a remarkable book that is perhaps most surprising in terms of its authorship. Kristina Jennbert uses principally zooarchaeological data here to reformulate our knowledge of Norse beliefs, and particularly human-animal relations within those beliefs. This approach is in clear contrast to most research on the subject which instead uses archaeological research merely as illustrative material where interpretations may support textual sources. Jennbert's non-zooarchaeological roots are occasi...more
This is a very accessible discussion of the place of animals in Old Norse (ON) society and religion. I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth of the discussion. Jennbert has an interesting chapter on how animals were used on farms and in daily life, as well as the more esoteric associations you would expect from this book (the association of gods with particular animals, fylgja, shapeshifting etc).

I've read a reasonable amount of literature on (ON) religion and society, but still found many ne...more
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