Siikala, Anna-Leena

Siikala, Anna-Leena (1943– ) – Finnish scholar of the Finnish language and of Eurasian shamanism, especially in Finland, Siberia, Central Asia, and the Arctic. Among her most significant publications is a volume produced with Hungarian scholar Mihály Hoppál in which both authors republish their earlier writings concerned with a wide range of issues to do with shamanism. Siikala not only discusses particular ethnographic cases but also considers shamanic songs and artwork. In Suomalainen shamanismi (1992), Siikala discussed the shaman’s combat against threats to the village community and its individual members by incantation, magic, and folk medicine.

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Historical Dictionary of Shamanism by Graham Harvey and Robert J. Wallis 2007

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