Shamanism: A Biopsychosocial Paradigm of Consciousness and Healing

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 309 pages

What does the brain do during "soul journeys"? How do shamans alter consciousness and why is this important for healing? Are shamans different from other kinds of healers? Is there a connection between the rituals performed by chimpanzees and traditional shamanistic practices?

All of these questions--and many more--are answered in Shamanism, Second Edition: A Biopsychosocial Paradigm of Consciousness and Healing. This text contains crosscultural examinations of the nature of shamanism, biological perspectives on alterations of consciousness, mechanisms of shamanistic healing, as well as the evolutionary origins of shamanism. It presents the shamanic paradigm within a biopsychosocial framework for explaining successful human evolution through group rituals. In the final chapter,"the author compares shamanistic rituals with chimpanzee displays to identify homologies that point to the ritual dynamics of our ancient hominid ancestors.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to Shamanism and Consciousness
1
CrossCultural Linguistic and Prehistorical Perspectives
45
Chapter 3 Consciousness in System Perspectives
91
Chapter 4 The Integrative Mode of Consciousness
127
Chapter 5 Shamanistic Therapies
183
Chapter 6 Evolutionary Origins of Shamanic Ritual
231
Bibliography
279
Index
307
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Michael Winkelman, PhD, is developing permaculture-based sustainable communities in the central highlands of Goias, Brazil.

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