Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

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Bollingen Foundation, 1964 - Religion - 610 pages

First published in 1951, Shamanism soon became the standard work in the study of this mysterious and fascinating phenomenon. Writing as the founder of the modern study of the history of religion, Romanian émigré--scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) surveys the practice of Shamanism over two and a half millennia of human history, moving from the Shamanic traditions of Siberia and Central Asia--where Shamanism was first observed--to North and South America, Indonesia, Tibet, China, and beyond. In this authoritative survey, Eliade illuminates the magico-religious life of societies that give primacy of place to the figure of the Shaman--at once magician and medicine man, healer and miracle-doer, priest, mystic, and poet. Synthesizing the approaches of psychology, sociology, and ethnology, Shamanism will remain for years to come the reference book of choice for those intrigued by this practice.


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User Review  - phoenixcomet - LibraryThing

Read chapters 1 and 2. Excellent study of shamanism world-wide and considered the classic study in shamanic healing. Will continue reading at a later date. Read full review

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

This was a somewhat interesting book...required reading for a class on John Milton. Isn't that odd? We were to make connections between Milton's authorship of Paradise Lost and the Shaman's ecstatic experience. A heavy book, written by a scholar, not a new age Llewellyn author. Read full review

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About the author (1964)

Mircea Elide was Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago.

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