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Posted April 2, 2006
This is a brief look into the roots and history of Shamanism in many different cultures in the United States and around the world. Though not supporting the supernatural elements of the shaman's healing rituals, Maddox does state that 'Science has come out of superstition' and that 'Medicine had its origin in the ghost theory of disease'. The belief that a sick person had been possessed by a demon or evil spirit was shared by many native healing men and women in various regions. Maddox also explores the social and economic value of the shaman and how their influence often affected the well-being of an entire village. Overall, the research is very helpful and enlightening, though it only touches the surface of many theories and facts regarding these early men and women of mystery.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.