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Online classes

This presentation was given at The 10th Folklore Fellows’ Summer School was hosted online by the School of Humanities at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) Joensuu Campus, in Joensuu, Finland, on June 12th, 2021, at the Summer School event called "Nightless Sauna Night – an Ultimate Guidance to Finnish Sauna Excperience".

This presentation is partly based to my master’s thesis that considers folk healing as a recognized part of Finnish cultural heritage living in modern times, as a work and as a professional identity. The research is limited to folk healing in Finland, healing methods guided by Finnish traditions.

In folk medicine, healing capital is defined as the healer's abilities and their verification, the healer's reliability, and the approval received from the community. Healing capital also involves the healer's knowhow and experience. The essential difference compared to traditional healers is the degree required to obtain new professional titles. Degree titles show their historical background, and the traditional- prefix refers to historical titles and the continuity of the profession. Three core themes were identified from representation of folk healer’s professions: tradition, touch, and nature.

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The world and magic of healers: Mythological world and history of folk healing in Finland. We expand the understanding and knowledge of tradition, folk beliefs, and healing methods. The presentation is offered via Zoom, including reading material and discussion, in English.

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All presentations and online classes are for anyone interested in vernacular religion, folk traditions and mythology, medical anthropology, and healing practices of the Balto-Finnic peoples (Baltic-Finnic peoples speak Baltic-Finnic languages of the Finno-Ugric language family in the Baltic Sea area).

Upcoming in-person lectures and workshops

Canada (BC, Ontario) autumn  2024

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Finnish Animism and Sauna: Interview with Dalva Lamminmäki

Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen is an historian of religion, Ph.d., educated from the Universities of Uppsala and Copenhagen.

Rune has lived in many countries and done fieldwork in a number of contemporary (primarily Afro-descendant)  religions, but since childhood he has had Nordic religion as a strong field of interest.

Today Rune is working on applying contemporary developments in anthropology to rethink the way we address Nordic religion both in terms of scholarship, but also as a reservoir of cultural knowledge for environmental activism and sustainability sensitization.

More about Rune and Nordic Animism here

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