Marburg Journal of Religion 2023-04-11T13:30:18+02:00 Maike Wachs Open Journal Systems <p>The purpose of <strong>Marburg Journal of Religion</strong> is to publish articles on empirical and theoretical studies of religion.</p> Mendel, Daniela. 2022. Die Geographie des Himmels, Eine Untersuchung zu den Deckendekorationen in ägyptischen Tempeln der griechisch-römischen Zeit und zeitgleichen Darstellungen auf Särgen und in Gräbern 2023-01-06T16:49:07+01:00 Stefan Bojowald 2023-01-11T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Stefan Bojowald Bearing Dead Seals and Good Luck 2023-04-11T13:30:18+02:00 Alice Bower Kristinn Schram <p>This paper offers an analysis of the development, transmission and reception of selected Icelandic folk legends about bears which share features in common with legends of elves (Icel. álfar) and hidden people (Icel. huldufólk). We explore the ideas, attitudes and motifs underpinning representations of bears in this sub-set of legends in a historical and narrative context and offer a close analysis of six selected tales. We address how narrators develop on<br />pre-existing narrative conventions to portray the bear in a new light and touch upon the responses that these portrayals may evoke among a domestic and international audience.</p> 2023-04-11T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Alice Bower, Kristinn Schram Ghost Stories 2022-12-14T16:50:44+01:00 Auður Aðalsteinsdóttir <p>This article presents a postcolonial-ecocritical reading of the Icelandic novel Lifandilífslækur (2018) by Bergsveinn Birgisson, arguing that this work can be interpreted as a call for a revision of Iceland’s position and role in the colonial system and its legacy which we are still grappling with, especially in terms of climate change and other ecological crises. The novel places an emphasis on the effects of colonialism for Icelanders, and Iceland being a part of a power system based on the notion of man’s dominance over nature. Focusing on the role of ghosts in the novel—figures that have obvious roots in Icelandic folklore — a change in focus is noted. Ghosts that once were depicted as relics of a heathen past coexisting with medieval Christianity, and later assigned a nationalist-romantic value, are today considered as potentially important in contemporary environmental debate with its focus on social power structures and toxic hierarchies.</p> 2023-01-11T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Auður Aðalsteinsdóttir