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Visiting holy wells in seventeenth-century Sweden: the case of St. Ingemo's well in Dala

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Authors Terese Zachrisson
Published in Sacred Waters: A Cross-Cultural Compendium of Hallowed Springs and Holy Wells / edited by Celeste Ray
Pages 318–327
ISBN 978-0-367-44512-6
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Historical Studies
Pages 318–327
Language en
Links https://www.routledge.com/Sacred-Wa...
Keywords Holy wells, Lutheranism, Sweden, Popular Piety, Landscape, Materiality, Superstition
Subject categories History, History of Religions

Abstract

By closely examining one of the most well-documented seventeenth-century examples of the cult of holy wells, this article will shed light on a largely neglected aspect of popular piety in post-reformation Sweden. Despite the various attempts of undermining by clerical and secular authorities, traditional practices survived throughout the early modern period. Holy wells in a Scandinavian context have often been interpreted in terms of ’pagan survivals’ — as a tradition that the people of the middle ages and early modern eras engaged in as a parallel to, rather than as part of, their every-day Christian beliefs. In contrast, this article argues that the cult of holy wells needs to be understood as a dynamic part of popular Christian piety, with intermingling elements from both official and unofficial Christian practices.

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