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Shamanism Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

ISBN-10: 0691119422
ISBN-13: 9780691119427
Edition: 1964 (Revised)
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Description: First published in 1951,Shamanismsoon became the standard work in the study of this mysterious and fascinating phenomenon. Writing as the founder of the modern study of the history of religion, Romanian eacute;migreacute;--scholar Mircea Eliade  More...

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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 1964
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/8/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 648
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 1.650

First published in 1951,Shamanismsoon became the standard work in the study of this mysterious and fascinating phenomenon. Writing as the founder of the modern study of the history of religion, Romanian eacute;migreacute;--scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) surveys the practice of Shamanism over two and a half millennia of human history, moving from the Shamanic traditions of Siberia and Central Asia--where Shamanism was first observed--to North and South America, Indonesia, Tibet, China, and beyond. In this authoritative survey, Eliade illuminates the magico-religious life of societies that give primacy of place to the figure of the Shaman--at once magician and medicine man, healer and miracle-doer, priest, mystic, and poet. Synthesizing the approaches of psychology, sociology, and ethnology,Shamanismwill remain for years to come the reference book of choice for those intrigued by this practice.

Born in Bucharest, Rumania, Mircea Eliade studied at the University of Bucharest and, from 1928 to 1932, at the University of Calcutta with Surendranath Dasgupta. After taking his doctorate in 1933 with a dissertation on yoga, he taught at the University of Bucharest and, after the war, at the Sorbonne in Paris. From 1957, Eliade was a professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago. He was at the same time a writer of fiction, known and appreciated especially in Western Europe, where several of his novels and volumes of short stories appeared in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Two Tales of the Occult "to relate some yogic techniques, and particularly yogic folklore, to a series of events narrated in the genre of a mystery story." Both Nights of Serampore and The Secret of Dr. Honigberger evoke the mythical geography and time of India. Mythology, fantasy, and autobiography are skillfully combined in Eliade's tales.

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and a professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was.

Foreword to the 2004 Edition
Foreword
Note on Orthography
General Considerations. Recruiting Methods. Shamanism and Mystical Vocation
Initiatory Sicknesses and Dreams
Obtaining Shamanic Powers
Shamanic Initiation
Symbolism of the Shaman's Costume and Drum
Shamanism in Central and North Asia: I. Celestial Ascents. Descents to the Underworld
Shamanism in Central and North Asia: II. Magical Cures. The Shaman as Psychopomp
Shamanism and Cosmology
Shamanism in North and South America
Southeast Asian and Oceanian Shamanism
Shamanic Ideologies and Techniques among the Indo-Europeans
Shamanic Symbolisms and Techniques in Tibet, China, and the Far East
Parallel Myths, Symbols, and Rites
Conclusions
The Formation of North Asian Shamanism
Epilogue
List of Works Cited
Index

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