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Leadership And Mysticism: Gustaf Gisselkors, Jacob Kärmäki, And The Final Stages Of Ostrobothnian Separatism

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This chapter focuses on two Ostrobothnian Separatist leaders, Gustaf Gisselkors and Jacob Kärmäki. In order to gain a new perspective on Ostrobothnian Separatism it use a comparative approach, which takes into account how religious authority has been transferred in other contexts. Chassidism, a Jewish movement striving for religious renewal in eighteenth century Eastern Europe, offers some interesting points of comparison. The key concept for this study is mysticism. Traditional definitions of mysticism usually deal with intensive religious experiences and encounters with the divine. Gustaf Gisselkors combined a successful military career with the contemplative inner life of a devout Separatist mystic. Neither the children of Gustaf Gisselkors, nor the children of Jacob Kärmäki, became prominent spiritual leaders.

Keywords: Gustaf Gisselkors; Jacob Kärmäki; Ostrobothnian separatism



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