Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion https://journal.fi/temenos <p>Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion is published by <a href="http://uskontotiede.fi/en/">the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion</a>. The journal was founded in 1965 as a joint publication with the learned societies of Comparative Religion in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden to promote the research and communication of ideas between scholars. Temenos publishes scholarly articles, academic discussions, conference reports and book reviews within the field of the study of religion and culture.<br><br>Temenos is peer reviewed open access journal. In the Finnish Publication rating system it has been rated on top level (3). We are currently in the process of digitizing back issues, and past articles will be published in the archives section of this website as the project progresses. 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This agreement will be governed by the laws of Finland.</li> </ul> sofia.sjo@abo.fi (Sofia Sjö) malfredr@abo.fi (Editorial Secretary, MA Malin Fredriksson, Åbo Akademi) Tue, 21 Dec 2021 10:26:06 +0200 OJS http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Book Review: Psychopathology and Religion https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/112026 <p>Book review of Damian Janus: <em>Psychopathology and Religion: Structural Convergences Between Mental Disorders and Religion.</em> London: Lexington Books, 2019, 248 pp.</p> Francis Benyah Copyright (c) 2021 Francis Benyah https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/112026 Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Book Review: Eco-Theology https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/112029 <p>Book review of Hans-Günter Heimbrock and Jörg Persch (eds): <em>Eco-Theology: Essays in Honor of Sigurd Bergmann.</em> Paderborn: Brill – Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, 2021, 311 pp.</p> Laura Wickström Copyright (c) 2021 Laura Wickström https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/112029 Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Book Review: Towards a Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/112035 <p>Book review of Joseph Camilleri and Deborah Guess (eds): <em>Towards a Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace: Navigating the Great Transition.</em> Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, 363 pp.</p> Duncan Reid Copyright (c) 2021 Duncan Reid https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/112035 Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0200 International Magic? https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/109506 <p>This paper explores international aspects of Finnish folk magic. Folk magic objects in two Finnish museum collections (the National Museum of Finland and Museum Centre Vapriikki) are compared to analogous objects in the Nordiska museet in Sweden and the Pitt Rivers Museum in the UK to reveal the collections’ resemblances and differences. The material in question dates to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many similar objects occur in these collections. Explanations for this are sought in historical networks between peoples. Yet a closer inspection also reveals variation in practices and beliefs. This reveals the dynamic nature of folk magic traditions, although collection and curation policies also play a role. Moreover, the complex connections between religion, medicine, and <br />magic are uncovered.</p> Sonja Hukantaival Copyright (c) 2021 Sonja Hukantaival https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/109506 Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Christus verus Luciferus, Demon est Deus Inversus https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/107763 <p>This article focuses on a Spiritism board, <em>Yhteyslauta</em>, designed in the mid-1970s by occultist neo-Nazi Pekka Siitoin. The board represents an unexplored occult subchapter of Finnish gaming culture and exhibits the Finnish esoteric tradition. In addition to analysing <em>Yhteyslauta</em>’s game-like elements, the article explores the board’s themes and imagery, and situates these components in the context of Siitoin’s vernacular esoteric doctrine and cosmogony.</p> Tero Pasanen Copyright (c) 2021 Tero Pasanen https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/107763 Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0200 The Spirit of the Place and the Place of the Spirit https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/95379 <p>Southwest Finnish folklore recorded in the early twentieth century contains a wealth of legends about local spirits, residing and acting both in the wilderness and on farm premises. They belong to belief systems that express social norms and regulations. Many of the legends contain enough information to allow us to locate exactly where local spirits are said to appear or interact with people. In this paper I study these locations and their place in the structure of village society, using historical village maps. The results shed new light on the nature of borders and boundaries in folklore and vernacular belief, as well as on the view of the social meaning of local spirits. Borders and border zones are common ground between several societies, lacking a clearly defined master. In places of uncertain mastery local spirits, endowed with taboos and the authority of the surrounding societies, play a social role in regulating the activities of people on such common ground.</p> John Björkman Copyright (c) 2021 John Björkman https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/95379 Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Negotiating Christian Cultural Heritage https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/102585 <p>This article shows how Christmas in schools and public service media for children (PSM) involves negotiation and renewal of Christian cultural heritage. Across the studied cases from Norway and Denmark, we find that the institutions involved seek to realize community. However, community is approached differently in different settings. It is either understood restoratively as a process in which children, including immigrant children, become part of an existing societal community, or constructively as establishing an inclusive community across cultural and religious divides. A major finding is that activities associated with Christianity such as school services are framed in a language of ‘museumification’ and not as part of a living religious practice with the capacity to change and transform. Whereas Islam is positioned as a ‘religious other’, Christianity understood as culture facilitates creative heritage making, establishing community across religious divides. Contrary to political rhetoric, Christian cultural heritage in schools and PSM is by and large not dominated by a safeguarding nationalistic discourse. Rather, traditions and activities related to Christianity are negotiated and appropriated for the benefit of an inclusive community. A premise for making this succeed in schools and PSM is to negotiate Christian cultural heritage as culture, not as religion.</p> Elisabeth Tveito Johnsen, Kirstine Helboe Johansen Copyright (c) 2021 Elisabeth Johnsen, Kirstine Helboe Johansen https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/102585 Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Editorial Note https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/112114 Sofia Sjö; Minna Opas Copyright (c) 2021 Minna Opas; Sofia Sjö https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/112114 Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Response to Margit Warburg https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/112119 <p>Response to Margit Warburg's comment in&nbsp;<em>Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion</em>, <em>57&nbsp;</em>(1), 9–16.&nbsp;</p> Ruth Illman, Mercédesz Czimbalmos Copyright (c) 2021 Ruth Illman, Mercédesz Czimbalmos https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://journal.fi/temenos/article/view/112119 Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0200