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Mapping Lived Religion - medieval cults of saints in Sweden and Finland

In the past, saints were important links between heaven and earth but they also affected the landscape, the calendar and the perception of time itself, and set people in motion as pilgrims. Sources associated with saints provides a wealth of material to study daily life, social relationships and values. This cultural heritage material includes church and altar dedications, art, miracle tales and inventories.

Our five-year project will build a comprehensive online database providing open-access across cultural heritage collections, both textual and material, and digitize material in collaboration with the National Historical Museums and Swedish National Heritage Board. We will create interactive, digital maps that allow users to sort churches, parishes and cult-sites chronologically, geographically and by saint. These resources will enable new, in-depth investigations into the culture of medieval and early modern Scandinavia.

This project is funded by the Swedish Research Council and led by Sara Ellis Nilsson at Linnæus University.

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Page Manager: Katarina Wignell|Last update: 6/12/2019
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