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

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

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

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph From sagas to society : comparative approaches to early Iceland, edited by Gísli Pálsson

Published By: Original publisher 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: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Knut Odner

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 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 16

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. eq02-016

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 10: [Gísli Pálsson]

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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