Indridason, Indridi (1883–1912)
Powerful Icelandic medium (discovered by the novelist
Einar H. Kuaran) who was the subject of systematic experiments
between the years 1904 and 1909 by the Psychic Experimental
Society of Reykjavik, which was established for the purpose
of studying this mediumship, the first that Iceland had
known. Indridason, who was under exclusive contract to the society,
began with automatic writing and trance speaking. After
that telekinesis, levitation, materialization, and direct voice
developed. He also had healing powers. The phenomena was
so strong that direct voice was heard and levitations took place
in the presence of 60 to 70 sitters.
Indridason’s chief control claimed to be a brother of his
grandfather, a university professor at Copenhagen. The power
of the medium was at its height in 1909. During the summer
he contracted typhoid fever and later consumption, dying in a
sanatorium in August 1912.
The experimental society disbanded after his death. Harald
Nielsson, professor of theology at the University of Reykjavik,
was the chief exponent of the genuineness of Indridason’s
power (Light, October–November 1919). The Journal of the
American Society for Psychical Research (1924, p. 239) published
a critical analysis of the phenomena by Prof. Gudmundur
Hanneson of the University of Reykjavik. He concludes
‘‘The phenomena are unquestionable realities.’’
Gissurarson, Loftur R., and Erlendur Haraldsson. ‘‘The Icelandic
Physical Medium Indridi Indridason.’’ Proceedings of the
Society for Psychical Research 57, 214 (January 1989).

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