Shamanism and Old English Poetry
Tales on two monumental labors: to define shamanism and to show that it underlies some Anglo-Saxon poetry. Applying anthropological studies of tribal peoples in modern times to intensive examinations of Beowulf, metrical charms, and decorative art, Glasecki finds not living shamanism, but embedded t
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Vestiges of Animism
Evidence of Ecstasy
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