Aboriginal Men of High Degree: Initiation and Sorcery in the World's Oldest Tradition

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Nov 1, 1993 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 195 pages
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The first book to reveal the secret and sacred practices of Aboriginal shamans, Aboriginal Men of High Degree presents an extraordinary series of rites by which the young Aboriginal male begins the degrees of shamanic initiation--each marked by its own portion of esoteric knowledge. One of Australia's most eminent anthropologists, A. P. Elkin focuses on karadji, or men of high degree, who possess magical powers and who serve as channels between the Dreamtime beings and their own communities. As psychologists and psychic experts, the karadji are essential to the groups' social chesion. They are believed to cure and kill mysteriously, make rain, anticipate future events, and appear and disappear at will. Not content to explain away these phenomenon, Elkin boldly suggests that we enter into the karadji worldview and try to understand this remarkable culture on its own terms.
 

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Contents

Aboriginal Men of High Degree Their Personality and Making
3
The Problems of Daily Life
5
The Personality of Medicine Men
7
Medicine Men Outstanding Personalities
10
Medicine Men As Normal People
13
How Selected or Called
16
The Making of Medicine Merc Taking the High Degree
18
The Powers of Medicine Men
38
Far Northwestern Queensland
119
Arnhem Land
121
The Kimberley Division Northwest Australia
127
Aboriginal Men of High Degree in a Changing World
139
Mystic Experience Essential Qualification for Men of High Degree
141
Northern New South Wales
142
Northern Kimberley Western Australia
146
Southwest Kimberley Western Australia
150

Sorcery and Its Cure
39
The Strong Eye
50
Psychic Displays
53
Comparison with Tibet
59
Conclusion
68
The Making and PowersA Survey
73
The Uncircumcision Regions
75
South of the Murray
76
The Coast of New South Wales
81
The Western Districts of New South Wales
83
Eastern and Northern Queensland
96
The Southwestern Corner Western Australia
99
The Circumcision Regions
104
NorthCentral Australia and Northwestern Queensland
113
Animistic and Magical Causes of Illness
154
Parallel and Complementary
159
DoctorMan in Health Services
162
Their Passing?
166
A Rampart for Indigenous Culture
168
BlackfellowDoctorWhitefellow
171
The Psychotherapeutic Role
175
Medicine Men and the Invisible
176
Resurgence
177
Intertribal Conference of Medicine Men
181
Bibliography
187
Index
193
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About the author (1993)

Former head of the anthropology department at the University of Sydney, A. P. Elkin (1891-1979) authored eight books and numerous articles in Australia, the United States, France, and England, including The Australian Aborigines.

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