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E reckti tröllkäring: Kvinnoroller och kvinnliga väsen i den värmländska finnskogen
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, History of Religions.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Among the finnish population in Värmland, magic was an important part of everyday life. They believed that all of nature had a soul and that everything had either a good or evil mind. Man must therefore try to bend nature after their own will to succeed in life. Both men and women used magic to increase their happiness or to take vengeance on people that wronged them. They also believed in mythical creatures and gods that lived in the woods and lakes surrounding them.


What I wanted to examine with this essay was the part that the women had in the way of using magic in the “värmlandsfinnish” religion and in what way the female mythical figures was described and how that affected the finnish women. I used interviews with the finnish population from early-mid 20th century to get information about their beliefs and I used Yvonne Hirdmans and Britt-Marie Thurens gender theories to analyze my results.


The conclusion I could find was that the most powerful mythical creatures were female, but they were sometimes described in a rather stereotypical way as insidious seducers. These different views could probably be both limiting and liberating to the finnish women. Concerning the use of magic, women used it in what was considered traditional women chores but also in vengeance and love. Those women that had special powers in magic did almost all the same kinds of magic that their male counterparts did, except perhaps when it came to certain animals, but they got a little less credibility for it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 40 p.
Keyword [sv]
väsen, folktro, Finnskogen, Värmland, kvinnoroller, magi, genus
National Category
History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202422OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-202422DiVA: diva2:631938
Subject / course
History of Religion and Social Sciences of Religion
Available from: 2013-06-24 Created: 2013-06-24 Last updated: 2013-06-27Bibliographically approved

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