© 2015

Nordic Neoshamanisms

  • Editors
  • Siv Ellen Kraft
  • Trude Fonneland
  • James R. Lewis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction: Nordic Neoshamanisms

    1. Siv Ellen Kraft, Trude Fonneland, James R. Lewis
      Pages 1-9
  3. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
  4. Late Modern Shamanism in Nordic Countries

  5. Neoshamanism in Secular Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-270

About this book


This book proposes that the drive for religiosity and experiences of the sacred are far from lost in contemporary western societies. The contributors' objective is to explore the myriad of ways late modern shamanism is becoming more vital and personally significant to people, communities, and economies in Nordic countries.


Neo-shamanism New Age Sami spiritual tourism Mari Boine indigenous shamanism world music identity medicine religiosity therapy

About the authors

Olav Hammer, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark Merete Demant Jakobsen, University of Oxford, UK Torunn Selberg, University of Bergen, Norway Bente Gullveig Alver, University of Bergen, Norway Henno Erikson Parks, Åbo Akademi, Finland Cato Christensen, Oslo University and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway Stein Roar Mathisen, Finnmark University College, Norway Anne Kalvig, University of Stavanger, Norway

Bibliographic information


“This is an important contribution to a much-neglected area of research and for that reason is recommended for scholars with a specialty in alternative religions or religion in Northern Europe.” (Ethan Doyle White, Reading Religion,, February, 2018)

“Nordic Neoshamanisms is a welcome addition to the study of new religious movements in general and of modern forms of paganism and shamanism in particular. … This book constitutes an important addition to the libraries of scholars of religious studies and new religious movements, Nordic and Scandinavian studies, as well as general readers interested in new spiritual searches.” (Mariya Lesiv, Nova Religio, Vol. 21 (1), August, 2017) 

“This is an important book, offering the first close examination of a diverse range of Nordic neoshamanisms and situating them within the frame of international influence and concerns. It is essential reading for scholars of shamanism/neoshamanism and of the confluence of indigenous/New Age politics in the twenty-first century.” (Robert J. Wallis, The Pomegranate, Vol. 19 (1), 2017)