Dr Athanasios Barmpalexis
Honorary Research Fellow
Athanasios Barmpalexis is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen. He currently teaches Vernacular Medicine to the Undergrad and Mlitt classes in Ethnology and Folklore at the University of Aberdeen. He also taught Mythological Interpretations in the past.
Barmpalexis completed his Ph.D. in Ethnology (and Folklore) at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen in 2020. His doctoral thesis was on ‘western’ forms of contemporary shamanism and vernacular healing, focusing on shamanic healers residing and practising in the wider area of North-East Scotland. Barmpalexis also received his MLitt in Ethnology and Folklore (with Distinction) from the University of Aberdeen (2013-2014). His bachelor's degree was in German Language and Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1998-2003).
His research interests are "Celtic" mythologies and local legends, folk music and contemporary subgenres of extreme metal music, traditions of resistance, vernacular healing, and traditional witchcraft.