9780415256513

Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism

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    9780415256513

  • ISBN10:

    0415256518

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2001-12-14
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

This accessible case-study of Northern European shamanistic practice, orseidr, explores the way in which the ancient Norse belief systems evoked in the Icelandic Sagas and Eddas have been rediscovered and reinvented by groups in Europe and North America. Drawing on ethnography, religious studies, anthropology and sociology, the book examines the phenomenon of altered consciousness and the interactions ofseid-workersor shamanic practitioners with their spirit worlds in historical and political contexts. Written by a follower ofseidr, this study not only investigates, but also addresses those new communities involved in a postmodern quest for spiritual meaning.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgements xi
Introducing shamanism, seior and self
1(7)
The saying of the Norns
8(23)
The Welling of Wyrd
8(2)
Ritual and community
10(2)
Cosmology, deities and 'lore'
12(3)
Seior or spae? What's in a name...
15(4)
Seior and shamanism
19(4)
Performance or accomplishment?
23(3)
Seior and the anthropologist
26(5)
The Greenland Seeress: seior as shamanistic practice
31(16)
Porbjorg the Seeress
31(2)
Seior in today's Heathen practice
33(6)
The road to Hel's realm
39(4)
Neo-shamanistic seior
43(4)
Approaching the spirits
47(26)
The seerless as shamanistic practitioner
47(5)
Attaining trance
52(7)
Seior as evil magic?
59(1)
Under the cloak
60(3)
Approaching the spirits
63(8)
Seior as contested practice
71(2)
The journey in the mound
73(16)
Narrating
73(2)
Experiencing
75(1)
Seeing
76(2)
Meeting
78(2)
Speaking
80(2)
Listening
82(5)
Remembering
87(2)
Re-evaluating the Witch-Queen
89(22)
The women of the sagas
89(8)
Past and present: evaluating the seiowomen
97(4)
Heior, discourse and interpretation
101(7)
Women and magic, a continuing strand of practice?
108(3)
Ergi seiomen, queer transformations?
111(31)
Shamanism and resistance
111(3)
The evidence of the sagas
114(2)
Men and seior today
116(13)
Many genders or 'changing ones'?
129(6)
Seior as a Sami borrowing?
135(4)
Queer theory and the ergi seioman
139(3)
The dance of the ancestors
142(18)
Summarising seior
142(1)
Discourses of contested practice
143(9)
Reinventing Wyrd
152(1)
Shamans and anthropologists
153(7)
Notes 160(6)
Bibliography 166(13)
Index 179

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