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The Burial of Body Parts in Old Icelandic Grágás

From the book Paranormal Encounters in Iceland 1150–1400

  • Sean B. Lawing


This chapter investigates a curious statute in medieval Iceland’s laws requiring the burial of found body parts according to proper Christian ritual. Hardly an Icelandic idiosyncrasy, the phenomenon reflects eschatological discussions occurring more broadly in medieval Christendom regarding the role of the body at the time of the Last Judgement.

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