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Bridges between Worlds: Spirits and Spirit Work in Northern Iceland

Corinne G. Dempsey


Bridges between Worlds explores Icelandic spirit work, known as andleg mál, where trance and healing practices are performed for the benefit of those on both sides of the divide. Based on fieldwork in the northern town of Akureyri, Dempsey explores how andleg mál not only spans earth and spirit, but also spiritual traditions across Icelandic history, mixing modern science with the supernatural and occasionally criss-crossing the Atlantic Ocean. For Icelanders born with the “gift” of perceiving spirits, andleg mál helps diminish fear and self-doubt, taming the unwieldy into work that becomes a ... More

Keywords: Iceland, spirit, supernatural, healing, trance, Akureyri, humanize, demonize

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190625030
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190625030.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corinne G. Dempsey, author
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Rose Marie Beston Chair for International Studies, Nazareth College