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The New Faith vs. The Undead: Christmas Showdowns

From the book Paranormal Encounters in Iceland 1150–1400

  • Kent Pettit


Grettis saga and Eyrbyggja saga present sinister reanimated corpses that could represent for Icelanders the last vestiges of paganism. Their Christmastime appearances might also indicate opposition to Christ’s nativity. This article examines these “zombie apocalypses” and attempts to answer questions raised by the reappearance of the dead.

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