Finlands Akademi  
Sökande / Kontakt person Hukantaival, Sonja
Organisation Åbo Akademi
Projektets titel The Materiality of Magic in Finland in a Long-Term Perspective: Developing the Archaeology of Folk Religion
Beslutnr 314622
Beslutsdatum 26.04.2018
Finansierings period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2021
Finansiering 222 685
Beskrivning av projektet
The project focuses on the previously unstudied hundreds of folk magic objects in the collections of Finnish museums. The objectives of the study are to understand material aspects of folk religion in its own context and in a long-term perspective (c. 1200–1900) and to develop the “archaeology of folk religion”. The hypothesis is that believed magical power is formed in a complex combination of material aspects/nature and the human mind/culture. This process is an important part of how the world is experienced, even today. Another premise is that the Finnish tradition of magical objects is not an isolated phenomenon but part of a widespread European tradition.