Icelandic religion(faith) and bb = “bizarre beliefs”…:-)
motto:“I simply believe that 2 people can’t have the same religion. This is something very personal.”(Björk – Icelandic musician)
First of all, the Icelanders are rather tolerant than a religious nation, and they never mention their faith – therefore, it’s not an unwelcome topic – like politics! 🙂 Converted to Christianity around the year 1000, they’ve adopted Lutheranism, imposed by the Danes during the 16th century. Like all Scandinavians, and a great number of Dutch and Germans, they are Protestants of Lutheran confession. There are churches everywhere, even in completely isolated spots, often empty! I’ve admired their originality: a surprising design and an “avant-garde architecture” – mostly inspired by the geology of the island… Even though it’s a super-modern and technologically advanced country – almost everyone has a cellphone and access to the internet – in the remotest corners of the island, their belief in the supernatural forces is still deeply rooted… and for good reasons!
According to extremely significant recent statistics, the majority of Icelandic inhabitants admit they believe in ghosts(spirits), goblins, elves, etc… they call them “hidden people”! 🙂 It occurs occasionally to divert the course of a road under construction – IF the locals think it might cross their territory!!! Obvious & surrealistic evidence: in 2004, during the construction of an aluminum smelter in the east, the “Alcoa” company committed NOT to touch a certain area, supposed to be “haunted” by elves… 🙂 Another true story: about 6 years ago, a member of parliament had a very serious car accident, but he was sound and safe. To him, his luck was only due to the presence of elves in a huge rock on the road, and to thank them, he decided to get the 30t-chunk moved out into his garden, with the family of elves in a cozy basket, providing both tasty grass and a few sheep! Guess what: he got lots of complaints via internet for he’d changed the lifestyle of the elves… 😀