Shamanism

Shamanism

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by Margaret Stutley
     
 

Shamanism is one of the earliest and farthest-reaching magical and religious traditions, vestiges of which still underlie the major religious faiths of the modern world. The function of the shaman is to show his or her people the unseen powers behind the mere appearances of nature, as experienced through intuition, in trance states, or during ecstatic mystical

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Shamanism is one of the earliest and farthest-reaching magical and religious traditions, vestiges of which still underlie the major religious faiths of the modern world. The function of the shaman is to show his or her people the unseen powers behind the mere appearances of nature, as experienced through intuition, in trance states, or during ecstatic mystical visions. Shamans possess healing powers, communicate with the dead and the world beyond, and influence the weather and movements of hunting animals. The psychological exaltation of shamanism trance states is similar to the ecstasies of Yogis, Christian mystics and dervishes. Shamanism: An Introduction traces the development of shamanism in its many fascinating global manifestations. Looking at shamanic practices from Siberia to China and beyond, it provides an accessible guide to one of the world's most ancient, notorious and frequently misrepresented spiritual traditions. Placing special emphasis on the climate, geographic and cultural pressures under which shanic customs arose and continue to be observed, Margaret Stutley summarizes and clearly explains the logic of a faith whose fantastical elements hold a special place in popular imagination.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415273176
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/10/2002
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Male and Female Shamans6
2Trance, Ecstasy and Possession28
3Shamans' Paraphernalia39
4Deities and Spirits49
5The Shaman's Costume71
6Divination and Healing83
7Soul, Ancestor Cults and Death94
8Images and Idols107
9Were-Animals111
Notes113
Bibliography120
Index127

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