Shamanism: Critical Concepts in Sociology

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Andrei A. Znamenski
Psychology Press, 2004 M03 11 - 1240 páginas
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.
 

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VOLUME I
xi
The development of a Washo shaman
xiv
Extract from Aboriginal Men of High Degree
xv
Shamanisms today 117
xvi
Shamans and acute schizophrenia 278
xl
Shamanic Counseling
lxiv
A critical overview of the psychiatric approaches
lxxxii
PART 1
9
Siberian and Inner shamanism
149
from partnership in supernature
165
MIHÁLY HOPPÁL
177
a unique monument of spiritual culture
193
PART 3
204
Small séances with a great Nganasan shaman
219
Europe Australia and Africa
243
WALTHER HEISSIG
245

Extract from Aus Sibirien
25
Meanings and identities
43
Shamanism in general
61
SERGEI SHIROKOGOROFF
83
Extracts from Divine election in primitive religion
124
An experiential study of Nepalese shamanism
272
Jacobs shamanic vision
275
Shamanism and traditional healers in modernday Indonesia
294
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