Odner, Knut. Þógunna's testament: a myth for moral contemplation and social apathy

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Title: Þógunna's testament: a myth for moral contemplation and social apathy

Published in: From sagas to society : comparative approaches to early Iceland, edited by Gísli Pálsson

Published By: From sagas to society : comparative approaches to early Iceland, edited by Gísli Pálsson Enfield Lock, Middlesex, UK: Hisarlik Press, 1992. 125-146 p.

By line: Knut Odner

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

Culture: Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Sociolinguistics (195); Writing (212); Verbal arts (5310); Classes (565); Ethics (577); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Cosmology (772); Spirits and gods (776); Revelation and divination (787);

Abstract: Throughout this article, Odner tries to establish a connection between sagas as myths and sagas as rituals. The particular saga used as an illustration in the text is the 'Eyrbyggja saga', particularly with the part called the Þórgunna story which the author considers as a myth.in the Lévi-Straussean sense (i.e.that myths have a binary structure and that their oppositions explore contradiction in social and other relations [p. 125]). As a result of a detailed analysis of the above, Odner concludes that 'traditions of orality, traditions of literacy (more than 1000 years) and the context of saga reading all indicate to me that saga writing and reading were ritual acts' (p. 146).

Document Number: 16

Document ID: eq02-016

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: For bibliographical references see document 10: [Gísli Pálsson].

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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