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Identitet och verksamhet: Hjulbärande gudinnor och attribut i mellaneuropeisk järnåldersikonografi
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)In: Chaos. Dansk-norsk tidsskrift for religionhistoriske studier, ISSN 0108-4453, E-ISSN 1901-9106, Vol. 64, no 2, 53-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the difference between identifying and classifying attributes and analyzes the problematic implications if we confuse the two. The empirical material consists of Gallic stone reliefs depicting goddesses with a wheel as attribute. Male deities depicted with wheels have mainly been identified as a Celtic Jupiter or a male sky god sometimes called Taranis. The Gallic goddesses show that the wheel attribute was not an identifying attribute exclusive to this god, but that it rather served as a marker for an activity shared by several deities, both male and female. The articles argument that we need to distinguish between identifying and classifying attributes in order to make a source critical and methodological correct iconographical interpretation, especially when we interpret iconographical representation without the aid of any written sources.

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2015. Vol. 64, no 2, 53-76 p.
Keyword [sv]
Ikonografi, Ikonologi, Keltisk religion, Järnåldersreligion, Gudinnor
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History of Religions
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53886OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-53886DiVA: diva2:939452
Available from: 2016-06-19 Created: 2016-06-19 Last updated: 2016-11-17Bibliographically approved

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