Gísli Pálsson, 1949-. The name of the witch: sagas, sorcery and social content

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Title: The name of the witch: sagas, sorcery and social content

Published in: Social approaches to Viking studies, edited by Ross Samson

Published By: Social approaches to Viking studies, edited by Ross Samson Glasgow: Cruithne Press, 1991. 157-168 p.

By line: Gísli Pálsson

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Verbal arts (5310); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Districts (634); Sorcery (754); Revelation and divination (787);

Abstract: The Family Sagas provide numerous accounts of sorcery and withcraft, while such accounts are remarkably absent in the later Sturlunga Sagas. This suggests that accusations of withcraft were important during the earlier years of the Commonwealth Period but not during the age of the Sturlungs. This article places witchcraft accusations in the social context of the former period, using 'Eyrbyggja saga' in particular as a case study, and suggests an explanation for their absence during the second period in terms of changes in social and political organization (p. 158).

Document Number: 7

Document ID: eq02-007

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: For bibliographical references see document 5: [Sampson].

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Social Anthropologist-4

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: ninth-thirteenth centuries

Coverage Place: general Iceland

LCSH: Icelanders

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