Researching bear cult and interested Karhun kansa Oct 13, 2020 7:06:13 GMT
Post by Saaga on Oct 13, 2020 7:06:13 GMT
I am passing on this information Olle sent me earlier. I have removed specific personal information from their message. Olle has also just registered on our forum and will join this conversation at some point.
...My main research interest is the cultural history of the bear and I wrote my bachelors thesis on Circumbaltic bear traditions; Finnish, Saami, Swedish, Norwegian. What I have found in my research is that some elements of Saami and Finnish bear ceremonialism is also present in Swedish and Norwegian folk religion, right up until the last turn of the century. I view these different traditions as parts of a whole, different from each other but also with great similarities.
Right now I am attending an MA-program and my MA-thesis will be on the same subject. The following month im doing a course on anthropology of religion and one of the requirements for this course is to do some sort of field study. This is why im writing to you, im wondering if you or someone else (ideally several people…) in the Karhun Kansat would be interested in being interviewed by me for this purpose?
Of course all the proper ethical and legal considerations will be taken into account. We can talk more about those details IF someone is interested in being interviewed.
Other than my academic aspirations I am, on a personal level, deeply fascinated by the finnish bear traditions and I hope that me reaching out to you guys could result in some type of exchange.
I want to learn more about the Karhun Kansat and applaud you for bringing these traditions to life once more.
Mehtolan metinen muori,
metän kultanen kuningas,
tule nyt häihiin härköisiis,
pitkän villaisi pitohon!
Best regards, Olle