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Alternative Medicine: Health-oriented Spiritual Practices in Norway

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1. Title Title of document Alternative Medicine: Health-oriented Spiritual Practices in Norway - New Age in Norway
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Anne Kalvig; Norway
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion
4. Subject Keyword(s) religion; Norway; health; healing; spiritual healing; alternative medicine; alternative therapy; CAM; spiritual therapy; body; Jonathan Z. Smith
6. Description Abstract Alternative medicine and alternative therapy (CAM) is a vital part of New Age or alternative spirituality, in Norway as well as elsewhere. However, those health-oriented, spiritual practices conventionally labelled alternative medicine might be analyzed from a wide range of different perspectives. I provide a sketchy overview of the phenomenon of alternative medicine and therapy in Norway and seek to give a preliminary answer to what it means to consider such practices as religion. I use the spatial model of religion outlined by Smith (2003) and further adapted by Gilhus (2013) for the purpose of categorizing and gaining a certain overview of CAM in Norway “as” religion/resembling religion or religious or spiritual practices. This categorization is not meant to be conclusive; rather, it is more of a model “to think with” and part of a further discussion of the relationship between alternative medicine and religion towards the end of the chapter.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 06-Mar-2017
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.28882
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; New Age in Norway
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Norway,
twenty first century
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd