Maria Åkerblom

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Maria Åkerblom (September 14, 1898 – February 25, 1981) was the leader of the Finnish Åkerblom Movement, an evangelical movement sometimes called a "cult". She had also served some time in prison.[1] Her movement deemed her a prophet and began in the 1920s.[2] Maria Åkerblom is characterized by Aarni Voipio as a "sleeping preacher", that is, a person who peaches in a state of trance.[3]


  1. ^ helsinki: A Cultural and Literary History By Neil Kent, pg 104
  2. ^ Recent research into revivalist movements in Finland by NG Holm in the "Scandinavian Journal of History"
  3. ^ Aarni Voipio: Sleeping Preachers: a Study in Ecstatic Religiosity, Helsinki, 1951, pages 32-38.