Sámi Joik and Shamanism

This lecture is dedicated to the bedazzling and fascinating Sámi musical tradition- Joik. What is the story behind the Joik? What position has Joik in today’s society? When are the Joiks sung? And by who? Spiritual, deeply personal, unique, and interesting; the Joik plays a particularly vital role in the Sámi culture and traditions, and it is meant to reflect feelings, people or landscape. The Joik was completely banned during the Christianization, but music researchers believe Joik is one of the oldest continuous musical traditions in Europe, so it has survived through generations even if times were extremely rough for the Sámis. Some of their Joiks were sung during shamanistic rites, and we are also going to take a closer look at Sámi shamanism in this lecture. Their religion is categorized as animistic and polytheistic. The gods and goddesses we briefly were introduced to in the previous lecture on the Sámis will now once again be addressed, but this time in a shamanistic context. It is going to be a fascinating evening where we get to know the shamanistic rituals and beliefs of this very mythical folk whose traditions and religious beliefs and practices have always been linked to the mysterious northern lights. Welcome to a night of mysteries, magic and amazing entertainment.


Lena Schattenherz Heide-Brennand is a Norwegian lecturer with a master degree in language, culture and literature from the University of Oslo and Linnaeus University. She has been lecturing and teaching various subjects since 1998. Her field of interest and main focus has always been topics that others have considered strange, eccentric and eerie, and she has specialised in a variety of dark subjects linked to folklore, mythology and Victorian traditions and medicine. Her students often point out her thorough knowledge about the subjects she is teaching, in addition to her charismatic appearance. She refers to herself as a performance lecturer and always gives her audience an outstanding experience

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