Lars-Levi Laestadius

Lars-Levi Laestadius
1800 - 1861

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Birthday 1st October, 1800
Birthplace Arjeplog, Sweden
Died 21st February, 1861
Zodiac Sign Libra
Occupation Text Lutheran church minister founder of revival movement botanist, incl. expedition member Sami mythology chronicler

Lars Levi Laestadius (10 January 1800 – 21 February 1861) was a Swedish Sami pastor and administrator of the Swedish state Lutheran church in Lapland who founded the Laestadian pietist revival movement to help his largely Sami congregations, who were being ravaged by alcoholism. Laestadius was also a noted botanist and an author. Laestadius himself became a teetotaller (except for his ongoing use of wine in holy Communion) in the 1840s, when he began successfully awakening his Sami parishioners to the misery and destruction alcohol was causing them.

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