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An Introduction to Shamanism

Part of Introduction to Religion

  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521695367

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  • Shamans are an integral part of communal religious traditions, professionals who make use of personal supernatural experiences, especially trance, as a resource for the wider community's physical and spiritual well-being. This Introduction surveys research on the topic of shamanism around the world, detailing the archaeology and earliest development of shamanic traditions as well as their scientific 'discovery' in the context of eighteenth and nineteenth century colonization in Siberia, the Americas, and Asia. It explores the beliefs and rituals typical of shamanic traditions, as well as the roles of shamans within their communities. It also surveys the variety of techniques used by shamans cross-culturally, including music, entheogens, material culture and verbal performance. The final chapters examine attempts to suppress or eradicate shamanic traditions, the revitalization of shamanism in postcolonial situations, and the development of new forms of shamanism within new cultural and social contexts.

    • Includes contemporary topics such as cognitive perspectives, the politics of shamanism, and neoshamanism
    • Discusses a wide range of shamanic traditions from various parts of the world allowing readers to appreciate both the common features and local or regional distinctiveness
    • Encourages readers to appreciate the range of research perspectives brought to bear on the topic in past and present scholarship
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    "DuBois provides a superlative account of this complex topic." ---Choice

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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521695367
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Introductions:
    1. Shamanism and the issue of religion
    2. A history of shamanic encounters
    3. Shamanism in archaeological evidence
    Part II. Shamanic Soteriology and Ritual:
    4. Cosmology and the work of the shaman
    5. The call and initiation
    6. Mediating the spirit world: shamanic roles and careers
    Part III. Examining Ritual Effectiveness:
    7. Séance, trance and the shamanic mind
    8. Shamans, clients, and healing
    Part IV. The Shamanic Arsenal:
    9. Music and entheogens: pathways to ecstasy
    10. The material culture of shamanism
    11. Shamanic verbal art
    Part V. Shamanic Politics in a Changing World:
    12. Shamanism under attack
    13. Shamanic revitalizations
    14. Neoshamanism
    Epilogue
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Thomas A. DuBois, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Thomas A. DuBois is the Birgit Baldwin Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he teaches in the fields of Scandinavian Studies, Folklore Studies and Religious Studies. He is author and editor of five books including Nordic Religions in the Viking Age (1999) and Sanctity in the North: Saints, Lives and Cults in Medieval Scandinavia (2008).

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