Guds karneval : en religionspsykologisk studie av Toronto-vekkelsens spiritualitet.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


The purpose of this dissertation was to study how to interpret ecstatic spirituality, illustrated by the Toronto Blessing, from a religio-psycho¬logical point of view. The study is a qualitative research based on inter¬views, field observations and written documents. The theo¬retical framework is interdisciplinary, using theories from ego-psychology, social psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, and ritual theory. The results showed that the cultural context is important for the interpretation of the ecstasy. The ecstatic phenomena can be interpreted as a cultural and ritual habitus stored or saved in the body. The ecstatic phenomena may be understood as bodily icons and as external manifestations of an inner touch of God.


  • Dagfinn Ulland
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion


  • Boily spirituality, Toronto, Blessing, Christianity, Religious Studies and Theology, Kristendom, ecstasy, Religion och teologi
Original languageNorwegian
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • Antoon Geels, Supervisor
Award date2007 Apr 13
  • Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University
Print ISBNs91-974897-3-5
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2007-04-13 Time: 13:00 Place: Centrum för teologi och religionsvetenskap, Sal 118 (Allhelgona kyrkogata 8, Lund) External reviewer(s) Name: Holm, Nils G Title: Prof. Affiliation: Åbo Akademi ---