- Lars Levi Læstadius
name = "Lars Levi Læstadius"
caption = Læstadius in 1839
(Note the Medal of Honor worn on his left lapel).
October 1 1800
February 21 1861
occupation = Church Minister, Botonist, Expedition member.
Lars Levi Læstadius (
October 1 1800- February 21 1861) was a Swedish Lutheranpastor of partly Sami ancestry. From the mid 1840's and onward he became the leader of the Laestadianmovement. He was also an author, teetotallerand botanist.
Laestadius was born in
Swedish Lapland, near Arjeplogin the western mountainous parts of Norrbotten County, the most northerly county in Sweden. His father provided for the family by hunting, fishing, and tar-making. The family lived in poverty, but with help from a half-brother who was a pastor at Kvikkjokk, Lars Levi was able to enter Uppsala Universityin 1820, where he proved to be a brilliant student. Because of his interest in botany he was made assistant in the BotanyDepartment while pursuing studies in theology. He was ordained a Lutheran minister in 1825 by the bishop of Härnösand, Erik Abraham Almquist.
His first parish was at
Arjeplogin Lapland, where he became regional missionary for the Pite district. From 1826 to 1849 he was vicarin Karesuandoparish in Lapland, and subsequently served at Pajalaparish in Norrbottenfrom 1849 until his death. Before moving to Karesuando, he married a local Sami woman, Brita Cajsa Alstadius, and together they raised a family of twelve children.
name = Awards
caption = Metal of honor of the Legion of Honor of France after 1841.
In addition to his pastoral duties he continued his interest in botany, and authored a number of articles on plant life in Lapland. He also served as botanist to the French La Recherche Expedition research expedition to Samiland (1838-40). On the request from the expedition, he also wrote a lengthy piece on Sami mythology titled "
Fragments of Lappish Mythology". This was not published in the expedition papers, and for many years his manuscript was lost. Several parts of the manuscript were discovered between 1933 and 1946. [L. Laestadius, " Fragments of Lappish Mythology", Trans. Börje Vähämäki, Aspasia Books, Beaverton, Ont. Canada. (2002), p49.] At the time of Laestadius's arrival, Karesuando was a place with widespread misery and alcoholism. Laestadius's mother tongue was Swedish but he also spoke Pite Sami. After a year in Karesuando he spoke both Finnish and Northern Sami. He usually held his sermons in Finnish since it was the most widespread language in the area, but on occasions also preached in the Northern Sami and Swedish languages.
Around 1833 he suffered from a complaint which the doctors first thought was
pneumonia. He did however recover.
He applied for the position of dean in
Pajala. In order to get the position he needed to complement his exams in Härnösand, which he did and in 1849 he became dean in Pajala and inspector of the Lapland parishes.
The resistance to Laestadius's radical Christian ethics and morale, together with his way to confront the parishioners with their sins was harder in Pajala and the bishop decided in 1853 that two church services should be held in separately, one for the
Laestadians and one for the others. This could be said that Laestadianism, the religious revival named after him, became a movement in its own right at this time, although it remained within and never separated from the Church of Sweden. When Laestadius died in 1861, he was succeeded by Johan Raattamaaas the leader of the Laestadian movement.
Laestadius met a Sami woman named Milla Clementsdotter of Föllinge in the municipality of
Krokomin Jämtlandduring an 1844 inspection tour of Åselein Lapland. She belonged to a revival movement marked by pietisticand Moravian influences and led by pastor Pehr Brandell of the parish of Nora in the municipality of Kramforsin Ångermanland. She told Laestadius about her experiences on her journey to a living faith. This was an important meeting for Laestadius, because after it, he first understood the secret of living faith. He had an experience of receiving forgiveness for his sins and of at last seeing the path that leads to eternal life. His sermons acquired, in his own words, "a new kind of colour" to which people began to respond. The movement spread quickly from Swedento Finlandand Norway. Laestadius based his sermons on the Bible.
La Recherche Expedition (1838-1840)
Laestadius was invited by the French Admiralty to participate in the La Recherche Expedition of 1838-40. He was recognized for his knowledge in botany and of the Sami langauges that the expedition would undertake. Laestadius was a field guide for the islands and in the interior of Northern Norway and Sweden, studying both plant life and the culture of the Sami inhabitants for the expedition. During this project and long afterward, Laestadius started his manuscript "
Fragments of Lappish Mythology" which described a snapshot of the Sami traditional religious beliefs that were passing into history due to the Christianzation program in full swing at that time. [ Lars Levi Laestadius, " Fragments of Lappish Mythology", Juha Pentikainened. Aspasia Books (December 1, 2002), p.36-44 ISBN 0968588190] For various reasons, this manuscript was not published until 1997, over one hundred and fifty years after the expedition.
Because of his participation in this expedition, Laestadius received the Metal of honor of the Legion of Honor of France after 1841. He was the first Scandinavian to receive this Honor. [L. Laestadius, "
Fragments of Lappish Mythology", Trans. Börje Vähämäki, Aspasia Books, Beaverton, Ont. Canada. (2002), p45. (Citation on the page also describes "Bibl. Nat. 3303)]
Laestadius undertook his first botanic trip as a student. Later the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciencespaid him to travel to Skåneand Lapland in order to study and make drawings of the plants, which should be used in work over Swedish botany. He was as an internationally recognised botanist and was a member of the Edinburgh Botanical Societyas well as the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala.
A number of plant species have been named for Lars Levi Læstadius, e.g.:
Salix laestadiana" Hartm.
Carex laestadii" Holmb.
Papaver laestadianum" Nordh.
Lars Levi Læstadius named many
plantspecies: [http://www.ipni.org/ipni/advPlantNameSearch.do?find_family=&find_genus=&find_species=&find_infrafamily=&find_infragenus=&find_infraspecies=&find_authorAbbrev=Laest.&find_includePublicationAuthors=on&find_includePublicationAuthors=off&find_includeBasionymAuthors=on&find_includeBasionymAuthors=off&find_publicationTitle=&find_isAPNIRecord=on&find_isAPNIRecord=false&find_isGCIRecord=on&find_isGCIRecord=false&find_isIKRecord=on&find_isIKRecord=false&find_rankToReturn=all&output_format=normal&find_sortByFamily=on&find_sortByFamily=off&query_type=by_query&back_page=plantsearch List of plants named by Laestadius in IPNI]
Fragments of Lappish Mythology" (1997) ISBN 0968588190
La Recherche Expedition (1838-1840)
* [http://www.ub.uit.no/northernlights/eng/laestadius.htm Laestadius - Revivalist and Botanist]
* [http://www.laestadiustexter.se Laestadius sermons] in English, Swedish and Finnish in text and audio files
* [http://www.laestadiusarkivet.se] Pajala Library Special website containing Laestadius' original manuscripts and works
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