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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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7. Anonymous Poems, Lilja, 37 [Vol. 7, 606-7]

[1] dögðiz ‘was sprinkled’: The more usual iconography of the Baptism of Jesus shows him being submerged in the Jordan rather than being sprinkled. The practice of baptism by sprinkling began in Scandinavia and Iceland in C13th, and though it was resisted by the church (C14th statutes insist that infants be dipped in the font: see e.g. NGL III, 297), it became the standard custom (see Fæhn 1958).


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