Lindström, Bengt


    Bengt Lindström was born on September 3rd, 1925 in Storsjökapell, a small isolated village in the Swedish province of Norrland. The young child thus grew up in that vast, mythical and harsh expanse of mounts, glistening lakes and endless forests known as Lappland.

    His father was a primary school teacher who was fond of Lapps and who showed great interest in their ethnic group and culture. Bengt Lindström was only three days old when Lapp King Kroik, his godfather, administered the Baptism of the Earth, where the child is conveyed between two roots of a tree to grant him protection from the Gods. Lapps as well as local lumberjacks would occasionally abandon their silent ways to tell him and reveal the tales, legends and mysteries of the Great White North.

    On January 29th, 2008, Bengt Lindström passed away at his home in Sweden.