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Kyrkbåtarnas saga: Aktuella perspektiv på sociala aspekter av Siljans kyrkbåtsfärder fram till sekelskiftet 1900
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the preindustrial society in Sweden the church was a natural gathering point on Sundays and holidays. In areas with bigger lakes the water was used as a way to transport a large number of people to the church services. These transports were made with long boats called church boats (kyrkbåt(ar) in Swedish). This essay studies the social aspects of the church boat journeys that took place on the lake Siljan, in the province of Dalarna, until the turn of the twentieth century. The material consists of archive files that was assembled in the 1930’s by Uppsala Landsmålsarkiv (nowadays Dialekt- och folkminnesarkivet) and Nordiska museet in Stockholm. A methodological standpoint in the essay is to review the material in relation to aspects of performance studies. In that way the material is interpreted as narratives which are performed by the people who has created them, as actors, to me (and everybody else who takes part of them) as an audience. This requires a contextualization of the material and therefore some observations of its background and origin are made in the essay. In relation to this methodological aspect the church boat journeys are studied as rituals based on attributes as highlighted by scholars of ritual studies. The ritual perspective has been used as a tool to illustrate how the social aspects of the church boat journeys was expressed. The study shows that the church boat journeys was of importance for the social interaction for those involved. The essay also fulfill a secondarily purpose, to emphasize a material and a field of studies that has not been studied for a long time. The tradition has therefore not been viewed upon with methodological and theoretical perspectives relevant in todays Swedish ethnology. Further on the essay encourages further studies on the church boat tradition in the preindustrial society as well as the revitalized church boat tradition in the Siljan area today, where modern built church boats are used for competition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 44
Keywords [en]
ethnology, church boat, Siljan, Dalarna, preindustrial Sweden, ritual, performance studies
Keywords [sv]
etnologi, kyrkbåt, Siljan, Dalarna, svenska bondesamhället, ritual, performans
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Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338746OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-338746DiVA, id: diva2:1173405
Subject / course
Ethnology
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Available from: 2018-02-27 Created: 2018-01-12 Last updated: 2018-02-27Bibliographically approved

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