Shamans and Shamanism

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Compares the development of the shaman, or medicine man, among tribal societies. A go-between for man and the spirit world, the shaman explains and resolves issues surrounding misfortunes, bodily ailments, and death. In drawing from tribal societies around the world, the author discusses causes (ill winds, evils spirits) and cures (exorcism, enchanted drinks).
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Overview


Compares the development of the shaman, or medicine man, among tribal societies. A go-between for man and the spirit world, the shaman explains and resolves issues surrounding misfortunes, bodily ailments, and death. In drawing from tribal societies around the world, the author discusses causes (ill winds, evils spirits) and cures (exorcism, enchanted drinks).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486427072
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 5/9/2003
  • Series: Anthropology and Folklore Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLLUSTRATIONS
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
FOREWARD
PREFACE
CHAPTER I
  INTRODUCTORY
CHAPTER II
  THE MAKING OF THE MEDICINE MAN
CHAPTER III
  MEDICINE WOMEN
CHAPTER IV
  ADVENTITIOUS AIDS; CHARLATANS; THE SOCIAL POSITION OF THE MEDICINE MAN
CHAPTER V
  "THE FUNCTIONS OF THE MEDICINE MAN; PERILS OF FAILURE; REWARDS OF SUCCESS, INCLUDING FEES OF THE MEDICINE MAN"
CHAPTER VI
  THE METHODS OF THE MEDICINE MAN
CHAPTER VII
  THE HISTORY OF SOME MEDICAL REMEDIES
CHAPTER VIII
  CONCLUSION
  INDEX
  ERRATA
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    A brief history of Shamanism

    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.

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