The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shamanism

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shamanism

by Gini Graham Scott

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ISBN-13: 9781440695780
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 06/01/2002
Series: COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE
Sold by: DK
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,021,635
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D., is the author of 35 books including 'The Power of Fantasy', 'Mind Your Own Business', 'The Battle for Personal Privacy', 'Secrets of the Shaman', 'Shamanism and Personal Mastery', 'Shamanism for Everyone', and 'Shaman Warrior'. She has appeared on such television programs as 'Oprah', 'CNN Talk Back Live', and 'The O'Reilly Factor'.

Table of Contents

Part 1Shamanism: The Ancient Skill of Knowing and Healing1
1The Power of Shamanism3
2The Origins of Shamanism17
3Shamanism Around the World29
4Shamanism's Many Faces43
5How Shamanism Can Help You59
6The Healing Shaman73
Part 2Power, Shaman Style89
7Working with Power Animals, Teachers, and Guides91
8Using Power Objects and the Elements111
9The Power of Singing, Prayer, and Dance127
10The Power of Ritual139
11The Power of Place151
Part 3Pack Your Bags, We're Going on a Journey!163
12Spiritual Travel: Shamanic Journeying165
13All Aboard! Taking a Journey175
14Getting the Most Out of Your Journeys187
15More Ways to Maximize Your Journeys201
16Journeying into the Soul: The Psychology of Shamanism213
Part 4The Well-Traveled Shaman221
17Planning Your Itinerary223
18Looking Low and High: Lower and Upper World Journeys231
19Staying Close to Home: The Middle World Journey243
20Traveling in Twos: Journeying with a Partner257
21Modern Shamanism and the Future265
Appendixes
ASpeak Like a Shaman: A Glossary273
BMore Mind Journeys: Further Reading285
CShamanism Sites and Sitings: Groups, Organizations, Practitioners, and Websites297
Index303

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shamanism 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good introduction to Shamanism culturally, as well as a good introduction the every day use of the Shaman(ist)ic technique. In 'Part 1' of this book, the author explains where the word Shaman originated, and then procedes to tell about 'Shamans' in many different cultures. She cites different cultures and how they used Shamanism in the past and how it is used today. She does an excellent job warning about 'commercialized' Shamanism and plastic Shamans. 'Part 2' still contains information on different cultures and introduces some Shamanic technique. The author introduces practices, but I feel like they are oversimplified. Because they are generic though, it gives the reader the ability to adapt the techniques to their own beliefs if they feel they would like to use them. The author does an excellent job of presenting information, as well as giving her own opinion. Both of which she generally keeps separate from each other. Many books I've read let the opinion of the author overshadow the information presented in the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a couple other books about shamanism and while they were very well done, I found myself getting confused by some of the terminology the authors used. This book gets away from the terminology (and explains virtually all terms in a great glossary at the book's end) and explains topics and concepts about shamanism in a way that any layperson can understand. Topics like 'shamanic journeys,' 'power animals,' 'Upper, Middle & Lower Worlds' are all explained in great detail. She also discusses the history of shamanism and describes shamanism in different cultures. While native American shamanism may share some concepts with Siberian shamanism for example, there are also enough differences between the two to clearly set them apart. And while Ms Scott is able to 'de-mystify' a lot of shamnaistic concepts, she also raises concerns about those who are trying to 'commercialize' shamanism for their own personal gains or those who claim to be 'shamans,' without going through a lot of the training usually required to be one. I've read a couple of Ms Scott's other books on other subjects and had no idea she had also written other books on shamanism. I felt she did a wonderful job writing this one, which I felt was an excellent overall introduction to this world. While one book does not make you an 'expert' in any kind of field, Scott has a bibliography that allows the reader to find other related books that will further their education in this area. Ms Scott has done a wonderful job in introducing the topic of shamanism to the general public.
Siusaidh on LibraryThing 6 months ago
A well written overview of shamanism, realistic but leaving me with an interest.
hearthfirecircle on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Basic but sound introduction to Shamanic practices with helpful exercises to guide you on your journey.