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Pilgrimage, Landscape, and Identity: Reconstucting Sacred Geographies in Norway

Marion Grau

Abstract

The book explores the ritual geography of a pilgrimage system woven around local medieval saints in Norway and the renaissance of pilgrimage in contemporary majority-Protestant Norway, facing challenges of migration, xenophobia, and climate crisis. The study is concerned with historical narratives and communal contemporary reinterpretations of the figure of St. Olav, the first Christian king who was a major impulse toward conversion to Christianity and the unification of regions of Norway in a nation unified by a Christian law and faith. This initially medieval pilgrimage network, which origin ... More

Keywords: pilgrimage, festival, hagiography, St. Olav, medieval church, heritage, critical reconstruction, activism, migration, ritual studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197598634
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197598634.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marion Grau, author
Professor of Systematic Theology, Ecumenism and Missiology, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society, Oslo