Marburg Journal of Religion <p>The purpose of <strong>Marburg Journal of Religion</strong> is to publish articles on empirical and theoretical studies of religion.</p> en-US Overall copyright is assigned to Marburg Journal of Religion. Authors retain copyright for individual contributions and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a <a href="/ep/0004/manager/setup/&quot;http:/">Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike</a> License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.<br />An author may give permission for an article published here to be published elsewhere, provided that the source is indicated in the form "First published in Marburg Journal of Religion, Volume 00 (year), Number 00".<br /><br /><br /> (Maike Wachs) (Götz Hatop) Wed, 11 Jan 2023 09:03:33 +0100 OJS 60 Ghost Stories <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> Auður Aðalsteinsdóttir Copyright (c) 2022 Auður Aðalsteinsdóttir Wed, 11 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 Bearing Dead Seals and Good Luck <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> Alice Bower, Kristinn Schram Copyright (c) 2023 Alice Bower, Kristinn Schram Tue, 11 Apr 2023 00:00:00 +0200 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 Stefan Bojowald Copyright (c) 2023 Stefan Bojowald Wed, 11 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100