Shamanic Healing and Ritual Drama: Health and Medicine in Native North American Religious Traditions

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Crossroad, 1992 - Religion - 197 pages
"In this pioneering work one of the world's leading experts on Native American traditions offers a detailed survey of Native American practices and beliefs regarding health, medicine, and religion. In contrast to the sharp Euro-American division between medicine and religion, Native American medical beliefs and practices can only be assessed, says the author, in their relation to their religious ideas." "Spanning the full length and breadth of Native North American cultural areas, from the Northeast to the Southwest, the Southeast to the Northwest, the book offers "thick" descriptions of traditional Native American medical and religious beliefs and practices, demonstrating that for Native Americans medicine and religion are two sides of the same coin: a coherent and holistic system in which supernaturalism acts as a motor in healing."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Native North Americans live in a holistic society that integrates health, medicine, and religion with the environment. Hultkrantz (comparative religion, Univ. of Stockholm) gives a historical overview ... Read full review


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