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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Social approaches to Viking studies, edited by Ross Samson

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Gísli Pálsson

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Verbal arts (5310); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Districts (634); Sorcery (754); Revelation and divination (787);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 7

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. eq02-007

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Social Anthropologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ninth-thirteenth centuries

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) general Iceland

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Icelanders


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