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“I See Dead People”: The Externalization of Paranormal Experience in Medieval Iceland

From the book Paranormal Encounters in Iceland 1150–1400

  • Ármann Jakobsson


Every paranormal encounter involves at least two people: the human whose experience is being narrated and an intended listener. A third figure could be the paranormal entity sighted in the encounter, but in this study it is suggested that the impulse to direct attention towards what the humans see during a paranormal encounter should be resisted. An example from Njáls saga is used to suggest a new focus.

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