Religion from the Viewpoint of Tradition Ecology – Lauri Honko’s (1932–2002) Contribution to Comparative Religion

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  • Matti Kamppinen University of Turku

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.46247

Keywords:

Lauri Honko, Comparative Religion, Tradition Ecology, Concept of Religion, Post-secular Religiosity

Abstract

In this article I propose to analyze Lauri Honko’s contribution in comparative religion in terms of tradition ecology, the general research framework Honko himself saw – at least in retrospect – as the unifying theme in his work. My aim is to provide an analytical account of his theoretical contribution in the study of religion that started already in his dissertation Krankheitsprojektile (1959) and culminated in his last major work, Textualising the Siri Epic (1998). Lauri Honko’s research topics ranged from folk beliefs, myths and rituals to ethnomedicine, oral epics and cultural identity. Yet religion, understood as culturally mediated interaction with the culturally postulated supernatural entities, remained one of his constant objects of interest. Moreover, I will argue that the fluid nature of contemporary post-secular religiosity is well captured by the tradition-ecology tools developed by Honko. I will end up by discussing the contribution of Honko’s doctoral students in comparative religion and folkloristics.

Author Biography

Matti Kamppinen, University of Turku

Matti Kampinen is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Religion at the University of Turku. He is also Scientific Expert at the Finland Futures Research Centre and Docent at the Department of Theoretical Philosophy, University of Helsinki.

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Published

2014-06-16

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Kamppinen, M. (2014). Religion from the Viewpoint of Tradition Ecology – Lauri Honko’s (1932–2002) Contribution to Comparative Religion. Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 50(1), 13–38. https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.46247

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