An Introduction to Shamanism

An Introduction to Shamanism

by Thomas A. DuBois
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521873533

ISBN-13: 9780521873536

Pub. Date: 05/29/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Shamans are an integral part of communal religious traditions, professionals who make use of personal supernatural experiences, especially trance, as a resource for the wider community's physical and spiritual well-being. This Introduction surveys research on the topic of shamanism around the world, detailing the archaeology and earliest development of shamanic

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Shamans are an integral part of communal religious traditions, professionals who make use of personal supernatural experiences, especially trance, as a resource for the wider community's physical and spiritual well-being. This Introduction surveys research on the topic of shamanism around the world, detailing the archaeology and earliest development of shamanic traditions as well as their scientific 'discovery' in the context of eighteenth and nineteenth century colonization in Siberia, the Americas, and Asia. It explores the beliefs and rituals typical of shamanic traditions, as well as the roles of shamans within their communities. It also surveys the variety of techniques used by shamans cross-culturally, including music, entheogens, material culture and verbal performance. The final chapters examine attempts to suppress or eradicate shamanic traditions, the revitalization of shamanism in postcolonial situations, and the development of new forms of shamanism within new cultural and social contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521873536
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/29/2009
Series:
Introduction to Religion Series
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Introductions: 1. Shamanism and the issue of religion; 2. A history of shamanic encounters; 3. Shamanism in archaeological evidence; Part II. Shamanic Soteriology and Ritual: 4. Cosmology and the work of the shaman; 5. The call and initiation; 6. Mediating the spirit world: shamanic roles and careers; Part III. Examining Ritual Effectiveness: 7. Séance, trance and the shamanic mind; 8. Shamans, clients, and healing; Part IV. The Shamanic Arsenal: 9. Music and entheogens: pathways to ecstasy; 10. The material culture of shamanism; 11. Shamanic verbal art; Part V. Shamanic Politics in a Changing World: 12. Shamanism under attack; 13. Shamanic revitalizations; 14. Neoshamanism; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

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