Demystifying Shamans and their World: A Multidisciplinary Study

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Shamanism can be described as a group of techniques by which its practitioners enter the "spirit world", purportedly obtaining information that is used to help and to heal members of their social group. Despite a resurgence of interest in shamanism and shamanic states of consciousness, these phenomena are neither well-defined nor sufficiently understood.

This multi-disciplinary study draws on the fields of psychology, philosophy and anthropology with the aim of demystifying ...

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Overview

Shamanism can be described as a group of techniques by which its practitioners enter the "spirit world", purportedly obtaining information that is used to help and to heal members of their social group. Despite a resurgence of interest in shamanism and shamanic states of consciousness, these phenomena are neither well-defined nor sufficiently understood.

This multi-disciplinary study draws on the fields of psychology, philosophy and anthropology with the aim of demystifying shamanism. The authors analyse conflicting perspectives regarding shamanism, the epistemology of shamanic states of consciousness, and the nature of the mental imagery encountered during these states.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845402228
  • Publisher: Imprint Academic
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Why Attention Must Be Paid to Shamanism ix

Introduction: An Overview of the Chapters 1

1 Shamanism and Shamans: Points and Counterpoints 7

2 Epistemology and Technologies of Shamanic Knowledge 41

3 The Confusion of Consciousness with Phenomenological Content in Shamanic Studies 77

4 Two Cross-Cultural Models for Studying Shamanic Healing Systems 91

5 Applying a 10-Facet Model to North and South American Shamanic Dream Systems 113

6 The Construction of an Ontology and Epistemology of Shamanic Journeying Imagery 141

7 Necessary Conditions for Shamanic Journeying Imagery 153

8 The Issue of Realism and Shamanic Journeying Imagery 165

9 Methods for Studying Shamanic Reports of Psychic Phenomena 179

10 Shamanism and the Demystification Journey 195

References 215

Indexes 249

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