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Life and career
Helena Ekblom was born in Östergötland. Her father worked as a sailor. At the age of nine, she claimed to have had a religious revelation. In 1806, she began her activity as a travelling preacher. As she was always dressed in white during her sermons, she was called The White Maiden. In 1808, she was placed in the Vadstena mental asylum. During her stay at the institution, she wrote a book about her revelations, which was published in several editions until 1920.
In 1828, she was released from the asylum and continued her activity as a travelling preacher. She was eventually housed by a farmer. During her old age, she became confused. She died by freezing to death in the snow during winter.
- Den andeliga striden, wälment författad af Jungfru Helena Sophia Ekblom (The spiritual battle, written in wellmeaning by Maiden Helena Sophia Ekblom)
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- Ryan, Jerry. "Lena Ekblom: the folly of the Beatitudes." Cross Currents Spring 1998: 89+ (7 pages). Vol.48, Issue 1. GALE|A20627195. Retrieved 19 October 2012. Abstract: "Helena Jakobsdotter Ekblom preached with all simplicity and truthfulness and, as expected, was punished for it. She spread the virtues of being poor and meek, which was the very essence of Christ's Beatitudes, and how the kingdom of God would reward them with a fruitful life in the hereafter. The authorities at that time, however, denounced her preachings as subversive because her messages conveyed the implication that the rich and the powerful are bound to suffer and be punished."
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