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Sámi Traditional Healing in Sweden: An Interview Study
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Várdduo – Centre for Sámi Research.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Várdduo – Centre for Sámi Research.
2021 (English)In: Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, ISSN 0037-833X, Vol. 98, no 5 & 6, p. 813-823Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Sámi traditional healing has been practiced in the Sápmi region of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia for millennia. This study focuses on Sámi traditional healing in Sweden. Through interviews with five active healers and 11 key informants, we found that traditional healing is currently alive in Sweden but hidden. Healers treat health problems ranging from the physical to the spiritual, including mental issues and life’s difficult situations. Low-cost methods are used: spiritual healing with prayers and the laying on of hands, consultation, and herbal remedies. Healing takes place either face-to-face or over distance. Healers charge no money but accept small gifts. Being a healer is a calling. A general concern is voiced by informants about the diminishing number of healers in Sweden.

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2021. Vol. 98, no 5 & 6, p. 813-823
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-190675OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-190675DiVA, id: diva2:1622152
Available from: 2021-12-21 Created: 2021-12-21 Last updated: 2021-12-23Bibliographically approved

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