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Shamans and Shamanism

Shamans and Shamanism

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by John Lee Maddox
     
 

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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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486427072
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
05/09/2003
Series:
Anthropology and Folklore Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.77(d)

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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.