Shamanism : a reader
- edited by Graham Harvey.
- London ; New York : Routledge, 2003.
- Physical description
- xv, 461 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Harvey, Graham.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Part 1: Initiation Introduction to Initiation
- 1. How Sereptie Djarvoskin of the Nganasans (Tavgi Samoyeds) became a Shaman Sereptie Djarvoskin
- 2. Discovering the Way Michael Harner
- Part 2: Shamanising Introduction to Shamanising
- 3. Game and games, fortune and dualism in Siberian shamanism Roberte N. Hamayon
- 4. Possession and Public Morality Ioan M. Lewis
- 5. Ojibway shamanism John Grim
- 6. The New Anthropology of Dreaming Barbara Tedlock
- 7. Submitting Alan T. Campbell
- 8. The Reality of Spirits Edith Turner
- Part 3: Aestheics Introduction to Aesthetics
- 9. Like people in prehistory Thomas A. Dowson
- 10. The artistry and ritual aesthetics of urban Korean shamans Chungmoo Choi
- 11. Remembering to Forget Marina Roseman
- 12. Ethnographic Films on Shamanism Mihaly Hoppal
- Part 4: Context Introduction to Context
- 13. Urgunge's Way Caroline Humphrey and Urgunge Onon
- 14. Rethinking Inuit Shamanism through the concept of "third gender" Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
- 15. Sacred Genders in Siberia Marjorie M. Balzer
- 16. Toughness and Tenderness in the Wild Man's Lair: The Everyday as Impenetrable, the Impenetrable as Everyday Michael Taussig
- 17. From cosmology to environmentalism as local knowledge on a global setting Piers Vitebsky
- Part 5: New Introduction to New
- 18. The Poetry of Shamanism Marjorie M. Balzer
- 19. Spiritual Hucksterism: the Rise of the Plastic Medicine Men Ward Churchill
- 20. Shamanism from Ecuador to Chicago: A Case Study in New Age Ritual Appropriation Paul C. Johnson
- 21. Tracking Lost Souls Sandra Ingerman
- 22. Dancing on the edge: Shamanism in Modern Britain Gordon MacLellan
- 23. The tree, the tower and the shaman: the material culture of resistance of the No M11 Link Roads Protest of Wanstead and Leytonstone Beverley Butler
- 24. Waking Ancestor Spirits: Neo-shamanic engagements with archaeology Robert Wallis
- 25. A Brief History of Psychadelics Terence McKenna Index.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Shamanism has been practised amongst communities all over the world for millennia, and continues to survive today in both modern and ancient forms. During its long evolution it has migrated from Siberia, Aboriginal Australia, Northern Europe and South America to become a core part of western New Age and rave culture as well as popular mythology. It's place within modernity is at once familiar and alien, exemplary and uneasy. So how does the fantastical image of the shaman influence debates on identity, experience, nature, rationality, the cosmos, transformation and change? Shamanism: A Reader unites perspectives from disciplines including anthropology, psychology, musicology, botany to provide a unique overview of modern writing on shamanism. From grassroots political writing to classical ethnographies, and imaginative narratives to detailed case studies, the 25 articles and short extracts presented here cover topics including gender, initiation, hallucinogenic consciousness and political protest. Juxtaposing the traditional practices of indigenous peoples with their new and often radically urban reinterpretations, experts including Michael Harner, Milh?ly Hopp?l , Majorie M Balzer and Piers Vitebsky raise questions about constructions of shamanism, its efficacy, its use and misuse as a cultural symbol, and its real nature. Locating its material in the encounter between traditional and contemporary, and within many forms of response to the image of the shaman, Shamanism: A Reader is an essential tribute to the vitality and breadth of shamanic tradition both among its original practitioners of Europe, tribes of America and Asia, and within seemingly familiar aspects of the modern west. Representing the best of classic and current scholarship, and highlighting the diversity ofapproaches to shamanism in an accessible and user-friendly way, this clearly introduced and organised collection sets a new standard for shamanic study in terms of the bredth and depth of its coverage.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- 0415253292 (hb.)
- 0415253306 (pbk.)
- 9780415253291 (hb.)
- 9780415253307 (pbk.)
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