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Mircea Eliade - On Sleipnir

Identifier

011446

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Mircea Eliade – Shamanism Archaic techniques of ecstasy

Odin’s steed Sleipnir, has eight hooves and it is he who carries his master, and even other gods e.g. Hermodhr, to the underworld.  Now the eight hoofed horse is the shamanic horse par excellence; it is found among the Siberians, as well as elsewhere e.g. the Muria, always in connection with the shaman’s ecstatic experience.  It is probable, as Hofler supposes, that Sleipnir is the mythical archetype of a many footed hobby horse that played an important part in the secret cult of the men’s society.  But this is a magico religious phenomenon that goes beyond the bounds of shamanism

The source of the experience

Norse

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Hobby horse
Horse

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Activity not known

Commonsteps

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