NCSR 2008 - Urban Diversity and Religious Traditions
13-15 August 2008, Åbo Akademi University

Christmas concerts as a contribution to vicarious religion

Pål Repstad, University of Agder

Together with a researcher with a background in social semiotics, Anne Løvland, I have conducted an empirical study of nearly 30 Christmas concerts in Norway in December 2006 and 2007. This paper will give a general overview of the significance of Christmas concerts for religion in Norway, and especially focus on their contribution to maintain a vicarious religion.