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Noabenämningar för huggorm (Vipera berus )
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of East European Studies.
2006 (Swedish)In: Svenska Landsmål och Svenskt Folkliv, Vol. 128, no 331, 135–159- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Noa terms for the adder (Vipera berus)

Of the snakes known to the peasant population in Sweden, the adder (Vipera berus) was among those that were feared. But it was also seen as a resource, and has therefore attracted the attention of ethnobiologists. Adders were believed to be capable of offering protection or transferring attributes useful to humans, and could also be used in folk medicine. In academic medicine, too, snake schnapps and snake fat were much in demand. Enterprising country folk could make money by catching adders and selling them to pharmacies.

Livestock, barefooted children and harvesters ran a risk of being bitten by snakes. Country people had a range of remedies at their disposal, including various plant species, burying the affected part of the body in earth, exposing the bite to fire, and killing the snake and rubbing its fat on the wound. Charms played an important part in the treatment of bites. It was in that context, that the healer used 'noa' terms. A large number of noa terms are known from Swedish formulas used to cure snake bites.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 128, no 331, 135–159- p.
Keyword [en]
ethnobiology, adder, Vipera berus, ethnoherpetology, snake bites, noa terms, folk medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-21400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-21400DiVA: diva2:49173
Available from: 2006-12-28 Created: 2006-12-28 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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