Nowhere and Everywhere

Everyday Religion in the Intergenerational Transmission of Craft Making




Craft making, Everyday religion, Intergenerational transmission


This article investigates the intergenerational transmission of craft making, including the role religion and spirituality play in this transmission. The theoretical approach is based on everyday religion and Bengtson’s theory of intergenerational solidarity. The data for this qualitative study was collected in interviews. The results show that warm relationships and closeness between generations are at the heart of transmission: craft making brings different generations together, creates space for intimate relationships, and serves as a way of showing care for children and grandchildren. What about religion? At first glance it seems absent. However, a closer look reveals multiple religious aspects of this process, such as transmitted values and shared craft-making moments associated with religious memories and experiences. Above all, craft making is a venue for warmth and closeness between generations, which is at the heart of religious transmission.




How to Cite

Myllys, R. (2020). Nowhere and Everywhere: Everyday Religion in the Intergenerational Transmission of Craft Making. Temenos - Nordic Journal for the Study of Religion, 56(1), 53–74.