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Välsignad förbannelse: En retorisk analys av bibliskt material i Black Metallyrik
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Old and New Testament Exegesis, Old Testament Exegesis.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This bachelor thesis offers a rhetorical analysis of the album Maranatha by Swedish Black Metal artist Funeral Mist. Its main focus is on the intertextuality between the song "Blessed Curse" and the biblical book Deuteronomy, especially Deut 28 from which it has sampled a large portion of text. In the analysis I uncover the similarities and differences between the two texts in order to explain how the biblical fragments constitute new meanings when rearranged and taken out of their original context. The analysis concludes with relating the material to its new context i.e. the album Maranatha and the Black Metal scene by explaining other intertexts and references to the Bible and discussing which genre is best suited to describe the album as a whole. The results of the study show that the biblical quotations in the lyrics convey radically different messages and meanings compared to their original content in Deut 28. This in turn acknowledge how dependent linguistic symbols are on their context. I finish off my thesis with a few reflections on the moral and ethical implications of this use of biblical material concerning the anti-christian agenda supported by members of the Black Metal scene and specifically how Daniel Rostén of Funeral Mist view his own work and agenda.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Deuteronomy, Deut 28, blessings, curses, Black Metal, Extreme Metal, Funeral Mist, Arioch, Marduk, Maranatha, Blessed Curse, intertextuality, structuralism, rethorical criticism, polemics, satanism, occultism, occulture, apocalypse, apocalypticism, christianity, judaism, hebrew, Hebrew Bible, New Testament, aramaic, greek, music, lyrics, reception, history of reception, cultural studies, Bible and popular culture
Keyword [sv]
Deuteronomium, Deut 28, välsignelser, förbannelser, Black Metal, Extreme Metal, Funeral Mist, Arioch, Marduk, Maranatha, Blessed Curse, intertextualitet, strukturalism, retorisk analys, polemik, satanism, ockultism, occulture, apokalyps, apokalyptik, kristendom, judendom, hebreiska, Hebreiska Bibeln, Nya Testamentet, arameiska, grekiska, musik, lyrik, reception, receptionshistoria, kulturorienterad bibelvetenskap, populärkultur
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-266925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-266925DiVA: diva2:871377
Subject / course
Old Testament Exegesis
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Theology and Religious Studies
Available from: 2015-11-16 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2015-11-16Bibliographically approved

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