The symbol of roots plays an important role in the new religious movement Heathenry, whose main defining points are the veneration of Germanic deities and a focus on Old Norse literature. In this blog post, I want to show how the narrative of „reconstructing“ pre-Christian religions is combined with the idea of „roots“ and how this ties into nationalism and claims of „indigenousness.“
History Channel’s series „Vikings“ revolves around the legendary Viking Ragnar Loðbrók and his sons. In its six seasons, viewers witness one Viking family’s quest to explore, pillage and seize the world. The raging, colonial expansion of Ragnar & sons…
Disney’s ‚Frozen II‘ is a milestone and a huge step in the right direction concerning the collaboration with Indigenous people. The Sámi-inspired Northuldra seem great: they are innocent, have reindeer, are one with nature and can even do magic! But these stereotypes are deeply rooted in the history of texts about the Sámi and still have an impact today.
Same content – different look. When books are translated into foreign languages, their content remains the same but their cover often changes entirely. What do front covers tell the reader and how do they differ? Shown on the example of Kim Leine’s book Rød mand/Sort mand.
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Thor Heyerdahl was a scientist, an explorer, an author, an environmentalist and global citizen. He went on an adventure when the world thought there were no more adventure left to have. But his image is not as unproblematic as one would expect. The theory behind the Kon-Tiki journey has been controversial since it has been presented.
How are the Sámi depicted in Nordic national epics? Their role in the story, as well as their descriptions, can tell us much about how growing nationalistic feeling saw minorities and how these were classified as others.