novembre 04, 2006

Seter

The seter landscape is a liminal zone, a border landscape between culture and nature, the known and the unknown, the tame and the wild. This position as an "in between" landscape has contributed to a strong belief in supernatural forces which were seen to partly inhabit the area. When the humans moved out of the seter houses and back to the permanent farm the seter was given over to the wood nymph and the little people. One had to make sacrifices to the wood nymph and the little people during the seter period in order to placate them (for example spilling milk on purpose on the ground as a sacrifice, shouting to warn them before pouring hot water on the ground, not digging holes etc.). If these forces were happy they could even reward the seter people, if not, they could cause such big problems that the people decided to leave the seter and establish a new one in a more peaceful area (Daugstad 1999; Daugstad and Sæter, 2001)

KAROLINE DAUGSTAD: The location pattern of summer farms (seters) in Norway: Determinants, changes and contemporary management challenges.

3 commentaires:

Wichtelmeister a dit…

Sorry für off-topic, weil ich gerade das Bild sehe: Kennst du ein deutschsprachiges Buch oder einen Bildband zu Theodor Kittelsen? Hatte vor Jahren ein englischsprachiges Werk erspäht das aber nicht mehr lieferbar war.

Der Wilderer a dit…

Leider nicht, wenn Du was findest, wär ich aber auch sehr interessiert. Ich kann mich an seinen Bildern ja gar nicht sattsehen...

Wichtelmeister a dit…

Ja, geht mir genauso...