Tibetan Shamanism: Ecstasy and Healing

Tibetan Shamanism: Ecstasy and Healing

by Larry Peters

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Overview

Reflecting sixteen years of intensive fieldwork, this book is a rich chronicle of the daily lives, belief systems, and healing rituals of four highly revered Tibetan shamans forced into exile by the Chinese invasion during the 1950s. Larry Peters lived and studied closely with the shamans in Nepal, learning their belief system, observing and participating in their rituals, and introducing many dozens of students to their worldview. Including photographs of the shamans in ecstatic ritual and trance, this book—one of the most extensive ethnographic works ever done on Tibetan shamanism—captures the end of Tibetan shamanism while opening a window onto the culture and traditions that survived centuries of attack in Tibet, only to die out in Nepal.

The violent treatment of shamans by the Buddhist lama has a long history in Tibet and neighboring Mongolia. At one point, shamans were burned at the stake. However, in the mountainous Himalayan terrain, especially in the difficult to reach areas geographically distant from the Buddhist monastic urban centers, shamans were respected and their work revered. Peters’s authoritative and meticulous research into the belief systems of these last surviving representatives of the shamanic traditions of the remote Himalayas preserves, in vivid detail, the techniques of ecstasy, described as pathways to the shamanic spiritual world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623170301
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,224,666
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Larry Peters is a world-renowned scholar and initiated shaman in the Tamang-Nepal tradition. He was recipient of the Regent's Fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles, and an NICCHD post-doctoral fellow at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Peters holds advanced degrees in both anthropology and psychology. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Nepal, China, Mongolia, and Siberia and is a Nepal Research Associate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Dr. Peters has published extensively on shamanism; conducted workshops on Tibetan Shamanism in the United States, Europe, and Asia; and for more than sixteen years led experiential initiation journeys to Nepal.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Tradition, Practice, and Trance 1

2 Soul in Contemporary Tibetan Shamanism 41

3 Shaman as Psychopomp 63

4 The Tibetan Healing Rituals of Dorje Yüdronma 73

5 The Yeti: Spirit of Himalayan Forest Shamans 105

6 The Ghe-wa (Tibetan Death Rite) for Pau Karma Wangchuk Namgyal 163

Endnotes 175

Index 175

About the Author 191

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