This short post is to announce the publication, open access, of a brand-new and exciting book: Entangled Beliefs and Rituals: Religion in Finaland and Sápmi from the Stone Age to Contemporary Times, edited by T. Äikäs, and S. Lipkin.

Download it here!

My contribution is a review of the contents of the book, a discussion piece which attempts to complement the Introduction by exploring the themes of death and place that pervade the book. It is called ‘Entangled rituals: death, place, and archaeological practice’. I explore prehistoric and historic attitudes and practices linking mortality and the supernatural to the reuse and revitalisation of traditional practices. Many of the studies in the book, while focused on archaeological evidence, touch on links with material culture, monuments and landscapes from interdisciplinary perspectives. These include insights from linguistics, folklore, ethnography and historical research. Together the chapters look at the entanglement of ritual and religion with the material world from prehistory to the present, with a repeated focus on the syncretism of ‘traditional’ and Christian practices.

It was a real honour to reflect on the many exciting themes and ideas explored in this collection: thanks to Tiina and Sanna for inviting me to participate!

Incidentally, this happens to be my 15th output for 2020, my 10th book chapter of this year. This constitutes my 70th published academic book chapter to date.