Mythic Images and Shamanism: A Perspective on Kalevala Poetry (Folklore Fellows Communications 280)

By: Anna-Leena Siikala

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THE MYTHIC, SHAMANISTIC NATURE of the Kalevala has been emphasised ever since the epic was first published. The epic poetry and incantations on which it is founded afford a vista of a captivating world of archaic thought patterns and mythic images. This work by Anna-Leena Siikala analyses the shamanistic images and metaphors encountered in the oral poetry of the Baltic Finns and at the same time examines the action of the ecstatic tietäjäs and the seers who fell into a trance. It thus reveals the images and metaphors and their variations associated with the shaman’s skills, the topography and inhabitants of the other world and the shaman’s journey there. Siikala traces mythic images in the light of Old Norse poetry and sagas, the myths of Antiquity and the Middle East, medieval visions, Siberian and Sami shamanism, archaeology and linguistic developments.Mythic Images and Shamanism. A Perspective on Kalevala Poetry delves to the very roots of Northern European thought. The numerous incantations quoted, so far unknown to the English-speaking world, illustrate the visual nature of the poetry on which the Kalevala is based and the close relationship between incantations and epic as manifestations of mythic thinking. Printed Pages: 423.

Title: Mythic Images and Shamanism: A Perspective on Kalevala Poetry (Folklore Fellows Communications 280)

Author Name: Anna-Leena Siikala

Categories: India, Poetry,

Publisher: Helsinki, Finland, Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia (Academia Scientiarum Fennica)/Bookstore Tiedekirja: 2003

ISBN: 9514109023

ISBN 13: 9789514109027

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 113855

Keywords: Mythic Images and Shamanism: A Perspective on Kalevala Poetry (Folklore Fellows Communications 280) Anna-Leena Siikala