Shamanism: Critical Concepts in Sociology / Edition 1

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Mircea Eliade descibed shamanism as the primal religion of humanity, the 'archaic technique of ecstasy'. The books of best-selling author Carlos Castaneda made it part of popular culture. Since the 1960s shamanism has continued to attract the attention of scholars, artists, writers and the general public. The most intriguing aspect of this religion is the ability of shamans to enter into contact with spirits on behalf of their communities. The first eighteenth-century explorers of Siberia dubbed shamanism a blatant fraud. Later, academic observers stamped it as 'neurotic delusion'. In the 1960s shamans were recast as 'wounded healers', who sacrifice their lives for the spiritual well being of their communities. Many current writers and scholars treat shamanism as ancient wisdom that has much to teach us about true spirituality.
This anthology tells the story of shamanism in Eurasia, North and South America, Africa and Australia. It brings together for the first time fifty-six articles and book excerpts by anthropologists, psychologists, religious scholars and historians, illustrating the variety of views on this subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415311922
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Critical Concepts in Sociology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1240
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 3.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume 1
Andrei A. Znamenski, Adventures of the Metaphor: Introduction to Shamanism and Shamanism Studies
Part I. Shamanism in Asia
1. Gloria Flaherty, Shamanism and the Eighteenth Century (Princeton University Press, 1992)
2. Wilhelm Radloff, Aus Sibirien (T. O. Weigel, 1884)
3. Sergei Shirkogoroff, Psychometal Complex of the Tungus (Kegan Paul, 1935)
4. Leo Sterenberg, Divine Election in Primitive Religion, Proceedings of the Twenty-First International Congress of Americanists 2 (no publisher, 1924)
5. Anna-Leena Siikala and Mihaly Hoppal, Studies in Shamanism (Finnish Folklore Society and Akademiai Kiado, 1992)
6. Roberte N. Hamayone, Shamanism: History and the State (chapter 'Shamanism in Siberia') (University of Michigan Press, 1994)
7. Mihaly Hoppal, Cosmic Symbolism in Siberian Shamanism, Shamanhood: Symbolism and Epic (Akademia Kiado, 2001).
8. Leonid Potapov, Shaman's Drum: A Unique Monument of Spiritual Culture of the Altai Turk People, Anthropology of Cinsciousness 10 (1999).
9. M. Ia. Zornickaia, Dances of Yakut Shamans, in Shamanism in Siberia, eds. V. Dioszegi and M. Hoppal (Akademia Kiado, 1978).
10. E. A. Helimsky and N. T. Kosterkina, Small Seances with a Great Nganasan Shaman, Diogenes 158 (1992): 39-55.
11. Walter Heissig, The Religions of Mongolia (W. Kohlhammer GmbH (original) and Routledge (translation), 1970)
12. Stan R. Mumford, Himalayan Dialogues: Tibetan Lamas and Gurung Shamans in Nepal (University of Wisconsin Press 1989).
13. Larry Peters, An Experiential Study of Nepalese Shamanism, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology 13, no. 1 (1981): 1-26.
14. Martin Harper, Shamanism andTraditional Healers in Modern-Day Indonesia, Shaman 5 (1997)

Volume 2
Part II Shamanism in Americas
15. Roland Dixon, Some Aspects of the American Shaman, Journal of American Folklore 21 (1908)
16. Ake Hultkrantz, The Specific Character of North American Shamanism, European Review of Native American Studies 13, no. 2 (1999).
17. Frank Speck, Penobscot Shamanism, Memoirs of American Anthropological Association 6 (1919).
18. Don Handelman, The Development of a Washo Shaman, Ethnology 7 (1968).
19. Harold Olofson, Northern Paiute Shamanism Revisited, Anthropos 74 (1979).
20. L. Bryce Boyer a. o., Shamanism and Peyote Use Among the Apache of the Mescalero Indian Reservation, Hallucinogens and Shamanism (1973).
21. Daniel Merkur, Metaphysical Idealism in Inuit Shamanism, Religion in Native America (University of Idaho Press , 1990).
22. Alfred Cave, Indian Shamans and English Witches in the Seventeenth-Century New England, Essex Institute Historical Collections 128 (1992).
23. Barbara Meyerhoff, Peyote Hunt: The Sacred Journey of the Huichol Indians (Cornell University Press, 1974).
24. G. Rachel-Dolmatoff, Brain and Mind in Desana Shamanism, Journal of Latin American Lore 7 (1981).
25. Jean-Paul Chaumeil, Chamanismes a geometrie variable en Amazonie, in Chamanismes , ed. Roberte N. Hamayone (Presses Universitaires de France, 2003)
26. Michael Taussig, Folk Healing and the Structure of Conquest in Southwest Colombia, Journal of Latin American Lore 7 (1981).
27. James Dow, The Shaman's Touch (University of Utah Press, 1986).
Part III Europe, Australia and Africa
28. Eric Dodds, Greeks and Irrational (University of California Press, 1951)
29. Mike Money, Deceit and Duality: Jacob's Shamanic Vision, Shaman 9 (2001).
30. Stephen O. Glosecki, Shamanism and Old English Poetry (Garland, 1989), 141-180.
31. Wolfgang Behringer, Shaman of Oberstdorf (University of Virginia Press, 1998)
32. Ewa Thompson, Understanding Russia (chapter "Holy Foolishness and Shamanism") (University Press of America, 1987)
33. Elkin, Aboriginal Men of High Degree (University of Queensland Press, 1977).
34. R. Katz, Boiling Energy: Community Healing among the Kalahari Kung (Harvard University Press, 1982)
35. Edith Turner, A Visible Spirit Form in Zambia, T he Anthropology of Extraordinary Experience , ed. David E. Young and Jean-Guy Goulet (Broadview Press, 1994)

Volume 3
Part IV Shamanism and Neo-Shamanism in Modern World
36. Donald Joralemon, Selling of the Shaman and the Problem of Informant Legitimacy, Journal of Anthropological Research 46 (1990)
37. Yves Marton, The Experiential Approach to Anthropology and Castaneda's Ambiguous Legacy, in The Anthropology of Extraordinary Experience, ed. David E. Young and Jean-Guy Goulet (Broadview Press, 1994).
38. Daniel C. Noel, The Soul of Shamanism: Western Fantasies, Imagined Realities (Continuum, 1997)
39. Michael Harner, Shamanic Counseling, Shaman's Path (Shambala, 1988)
40. Galina Lindquist, Shamanic Performances on the Urban Scene (Stockholm University, 1997), 22-52.
Part V Theory of Shamanism
41. Mary Atkinson, Shamanisms Today, Annual Reviews of Anthropology 21 (1992)
42. Ake Hultkrantz, Ecological and Phenomenological Aspects of Shamanism, Studies in Lapp Shamanism (1978)
43. Anna-Leena Siikala, Interpretation of Shamanism, in Studies in Shamanism (Finnish Anthropoligical Society and Akademiai Kiado, 1992).
44. Stephen O. Glosecki, Shamanism and Old English Poetry (Garland, 1989), 1-51.
45. Roberte N. Hamayone, Are Trance, Ecstasy and Similar Concepts Appropriate in the Study of Shamanism, Shaman 1 (1993)
46. Alice Kehoe, Eliade and Hultkrantz: the European Primitivist Tradition, American Indian Quarterly 20, no. 3-4 (1996)
47. Julian Silverman, Shamans and Acute Schizophrenia, American Anthropologist 69 (1967)
48. Philippe Mitrani, "A Critical Overview of the Psychiatric Aproaches to Shamanism," Diogenes 158 (1992): 145-164.
49. J erome Neu, Levi-Straus on Shamanism. Man ( Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute ) 10, no. 2 (1975): 285-292.
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