Galina Lindquist† (1955–2008) was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. She received her Ph.D. in 1998, and did fieldwork among neo-shamans in Sweden, among alternative healing practitioners and patients in Moscow, and among shamans and lamas in Tyva, in southern Siberia. She authored Conjuring Hope: Healing and Magic in Contemporary Russia (2006), The Quest for the Authentic Shaman: Multiple Meanings of Shamanism on a Siberian Journey (2006), coedited four volumes, and published numerous articles in professional journals.
Don Handelman is Shaine Professor Emeritus at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He has authored Models and Mirrors: Towards an Anthropology of Public Events (1998) and Nationalism and the Israeli State (2004), and co-authored (with David Shulman) God Inside Out: Siva’s Game of Dice (1997) and Siva in the Forest of Pines: An Essay on Sorcery and Self-Knowledge (2004).