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Folk Magic and the Haunting of the Second World War in Finnish Lapland

Herva, Vesa-Pekka; Seitsonen, Oula; Banks, Iain; Moshenska, Gabriel; Paphitis, Tina; (2024) Folk Magic and the Haunting of the Second World War in Finnish Lapland. Cambridge Archaeological Journal pp. 1-19. 10.1017/S0959774323000495. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article engages with certain peculiar finds and features that we have documented at former German WWII military camps in Finnish Lapland, with a particular emphasis on an excavated assemblage that has affinities to traditional ritual (sacrificial) practices. The relevant finds and features date from the post-war period, but they are meaningfully associated with WWII sites. We consider the possible connections of these finds and features to folk magic and the supernatural, especially with regard to boundaries and boundary-making. The material is interpreted in relation to the painful histories and memories of WWII in the high North, and in the broader context of northern ways of life and being and perceptions of temporally layered landscapes. More specifically, we focus on how locals have coped with the difficult and haunting presences of WWII in northern landscapes and mindscapes after the war in a particular natural, cultural and cosmological lived environment which people have long co-inhabited with various non-human and spiritual entities. We aim to contribute to the broader discussion of the folklore of WWII as a dimension in conflict heritage and memory.

Type: Article
Title: Folk Magic and the Haunting of the Second World War in Finnish Lapland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0959774323000495
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0959774323000495
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10189820
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