The Materiality of Myth

  title={The Materiality of Myth},
  author={Sara Ann Knutson},
  journal={Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion},
  • S. Knutson
  • Published 29 June 2019
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  • Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion
The vivid presence of material objects in Scandinavian cosmology, as preserved in the Old Norse myths, carries underexplored traces of belief systems and the material experience of Iron Age Scandinavia (400–1000 CE). This paper proposes an archaeological reading of Norse mythology to help explain how ancient Scandinavians understood the presence and role of deities, magic, and the supernatural in everyday life. The Norse myths retain records of material objects that reinforced Scandinavian oral…