The Question of Ancient Scandinavian Cultic Buildings: with Particular Reference to Old Norse hof

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  • OLOF SUNDQVIST University of Gävle

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https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.4578

Abstract

The article focuses on the question of ancient Scandinavian cultic buildings, with particular reference to the concept Old Norse hof. I survey the semantics of this term in written sources, in poetic traditions, in the Sagas of the Icelanders and in place names. My hypothesis is that the term does not refer to a static phenomenon, but rather its meaning varies across different sources and contexts. It is therefore often difficult to apply it as a general concept, or to connect it with a specific type of archaeological find or structure, as has occasionally been the case in the archaeology of religion.

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2009-01-01

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SUNDQVIST, O. (2009). The Question of Ancient Scandinavian Cultic Buildings: with Particular Reference to Old Norse hof. Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 45(1). https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.4578

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