Taming The Wind Of Desire / Edition 1

Taming The Wind Of Desire / Edition 1

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by Carol Laderman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520082583

ISBN-13: 9780520082588

Pub. Date: 05/19/1991

Publisher: University of California Press


Charged with restoring harmony and relieving pain, the Malay shaman places his patients in trance and encourages them to express their talents, drives, personality traits—the "Inner Winds" of Malay medical lore—in a kind of performance. These healing ceremonies, formerly viewed by Western anthropologists as exotic curiosities, actually reveal complex

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Charged with restoring harmony and relieving pain, the Malay shaman places his patients in trance and encourages them to express their talents, drives, personality traits—the "Inner Winds" of Malay medical lore—in a kind of performance. These healing ceremonies, formerly viewed by Western anthropologists as exotic curiosities, actually reveal complex multicultural origins and a unique indigenous medical tradition whose psychological content is remarkably relevant to contemporary Western concerns.

Accepted as apprentice to a Malay shaman, Carol Laderman learned and recorded every aspect of the healing seance and found it comparable in many ways to the traditional dramas of Southeast Asia and of other cultures such as ancient Greece, Japan, and India. The Malay seance is a total performance, complete with audience, stage, props, plot, music, and dance. The players include the patient along with the shaman and his troupe. At the center of the drama are pivotal relationships—among people, between humans and spirits, and within the self. The best of the Malay shamans are superb poets, dramatists, and performers as well as effective healers of body and soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520082588
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/19/1991
Series:
Comparative Studies of Health Systems and Medical Care Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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Taming the Wind of Desire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The author was apprenticed to a shaman in Malaysia for more than a year. This book not only is one of the best and most insightful descriptions of shamanism, it also contains amazing verse translations of trance ceremonies which have never been translated before. Besides this, it discusses Malay theories of personality which sound surprisingly Jungian, and which have an importance for all students of psychology and spirit.