THE PROBLEM WITH ISLANDS: COMPARING MYSTICISMS IN ICELAND AND FAROE ISLANDS

Abstract : Through the analysis of spiritualist and christian mysticisms, this paper is bringing to comparison the two opposite religious orientations that have been distinctively accepted, followed and diffused in Iceland (modern esotericism) and Faroe Islands (Protestant asceticism). Historical circumstances and external interactions give some clues for the understanding of these orientations. But the question is also to wonder in which way those orientations might be «culturally based», that is to say referring to some long term features on the one hand, participating to a process that agents have acknowledged and/or created consciously on the other? Taking into account that the two types of mysticisms (Spiritualist/Christian) are usually referring to different modes of social organisation (free individual users on a network / communitarian within the sect), the author aims to reverse the magnifying glass effect of islands case studies into a heuristic tool in understanding modern esotericism and Christian asceticism within the Nordic world. 1
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Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, 2009, 22 (2), pp.43-61
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Christophe Pons. THE PROBLEM WITH ISLANDS: COMPARING MYSTICISMS IN ICELAND AND FAROE ISLANDS. Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, 2009, 22 (2), pp.43-61. 〈halshs-01142960〉

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