Shamanism: Critical Concepts in Sociology

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Andrei A. Znamenski
Psychology Press, Mar 11, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 1240 pages
Mircea Eliade descibed shamanism as the primal religion of humanity, the 'archaic technique of ecstasy'. The books of best-selling author Carlos Castaneda made it part of popular culture. Since the 1960s shamanism has continued to attract the attention of scholars, artists, writers and the general public. The most intriguing aspect of this religion is the ability of shamans to enter into contact with spirits on behalf of their communities. The first eighteenth-century explorers of Siberia dubbed shamanism a blatant fraud. Later, academic observers stamped it as 'neurotic delusion'. In the 1960s shamans were recast as 'wounded healers', who sacrifice their lives for the spiritual well being of their communities. Many current writers and scholars treat shamanism as ancient wisdom that has much to teach us about true spirituality.
This anthology tells the story of shamanism in Eurasia, North and South America, Africa and Australia. It brings together for the first time fifty-six articles and book excerpts by anthropologists, psychologists, religious scholars and historians, illustrating the variety of views on this subject.pts by anthropologists, psychologists, religious scholars and historians, illustrating the variety of views on this subject.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
xi
A visible spirit form in Zambia 443
lv
VOLUME III
lxxiii
Interaction transformation and extinction
3
Extract from Aus Sibirien
25
The experiential approach to anthropology
39
Studying with shamanthropologists
54
Shamanism in general
61
Brain and mind in Desana shamanism
154
from partnership in supernature
165
The interpretation of Siberian and Central Asian shamanism
172
Cosmic symbolism in Siberian shamanhood
177
Chamanismes a geometric variable en Amazonie
178
Defining the dream doctor
186
a unique monument of spiritual culture
193
Small seances with a great Nganasan shaman
212

The development of a Washo shaman
62
Shamanic Counseling
77
The shaman
83
Northern Paiute shamanism revisited
85
Shamanism and Peyote use among the Apache of
101
PART 5
120
Extracts from Divine election in primitive religion
124
Indian shamans and English witches in seventeenthcentury
125
The Sacred Journey of
138
Ecological and phenomenological aspects of shamanism
146
Siberian and Inner shamanism
149
Otomi Indian
219
The shamanism of the Mongols
227
PART 3
235
Are trance ecstasy and similar concepts appropriate
243
The Lamaist suppression of shamanism
245
the European primitivist tradition
261
An experiential study of Nepalese shamanism
272
Jacobs shamanic vision
275
Shamans and acute schizophrenia 278
293
Shamanism and traditional healers in modernday Indonesia
294
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