Shamans and Religion: An Anthropological Exploration in Critical Thinking

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Waveland Press, 2000 - Anthropology - 125 pages
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Applying critical thinking techniques as a way of examining assumptions presented as fact, she deconstructs many commonly held notions of what shamanism is and isn't, closely critiquing widely cited articles and books on the subject. The problems discussed bring up important anthropological questions not limited to the anthropology of religion. How does the ethnographer distance his or her own (usually Western) socialization when describing the empirical reality of a culture? How does the reader of the anthropological literature do the same when analyzing others' writings?

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The Idea of the Shaman
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