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Shamans Through Time

ISBN-10: 1585423629
ISBN-13: 9781585423620
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Description: A survey of five centuries of writings on the world's great shamans-the tricksters, sorcerers, conjurers, and healers who have fascinated observers for centuries. This collection of essays traces Western civilization's struggle to interpret and  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

A survey of five centuries of writings on the world's great shamans-the tricksters, sorcerers, conjurers, and healers who have fascinated observers for centuries. This collection of essays traces Western civilization's struggle to interpret and understand the ancient knowledge of cultures that revere magic men and women-individuals with the power to summon spirits. As written by priests, explorers, adventurers, natural historians, and anthropologists, the pieces express the wonder of strangers in new worlds. Who were these extraordinary magic-makers who imitated the sounds of animals in the night, or drank tobacco juice through funnels, or wore collars filled with stinging ants? Shamans Through Timeis a rare chronicle of changing attitudes toward that which is strange and unfamiliar. With essays by such acclaimed thinkers as Claude Lvi-Strauss, Black Elk, Carlos Castaneda, and Frank Boas, it provides an awesome glimpse into the incredible shamanic practices of cultures around the world.

Note to Readers
Introduction: Five Hundred Years of Shamans and Shamanism
The Christian View: "Ministers of the Devil"
"Devil Worship: Consuming Tobacco to Receive Messages from Nature" (1535)
"Ministers of the Devil Who Learn About the Secrets of Nature" (1557)
"Evoking the Devl: Fasting with Tobacco to Learn How to Cure" (1664)
The Shaman: "A Villain of a Magician Who Calls Demons" (1672)
The Humanist View Becomes Rationalist: From "Esteemed Jugglers" to "Imposters"
"The Savages Esteem Their Jugglers" (1724)
"Shamans Deserve Perpetual Labor for Their Hocus-Pocus" (1751)
"Blinded by Superstition" (1755)
"Shamans Are Imposters Who Claim They Consult the Devil-And Who Are Sometimes Close to the Mark" (1765)
Misled Imposters and the Power of Imagination (1785)
Enter Anthropologists
A White Man Goes to a Peaiman (1883)
The Angakoq Uses a Peculiar Language and Defines Taboos (1887)
The-Man-Who-Fell-from-Heaven Shamanizes Despite Persecution (1896)
Shamanism Is a Dangerously Vague Word (1903)
"Doomed to Inspiration" (1904)
Ventriloquist and Trickster Performances for Healing and Divination (1908)
"A Motley Class of Persons" (1908)
Seeking Contact with Spirits Is Not Necessarily Shamanism (1910)
"The Shaman Practices on the Verge of Insanity" (1914)
The Understanding Deepens
Near-Death Experience (1929)
Seeking Knowledge in the Solitude of Nature (1930)
Summoning the Spirits for the First Time (1932)
The Shaman's Assistant (1935)
Shamans Charm Game (1938)
Climbing the Twisted Ladder to Initiation (1944)
Aboriginal Doctors Are Outstanding People (1945)
Shamans as Psychoanalysts (1949)
Using Invisible Substances for Good and Evil (1949)
The Shamanin Performs a Public Service with Grace and Energy (1955)
"The Shaman Is Mentally Deranged" (1956)
Clever Cords and Clever Men (1957)
Singing Multifaceted Songs (1958)
!Kung Medicine Dance (1962)
The Observers Take Part
Smoking Huge Cigars (1956)
"I Was a Disembodied Eye Poised in Space" (1957)
Fear, Clarity, Knowledge, and Power (1968)
"I Found Myself Impaled on the Axis Mundi" (1974)
A Shaman Loses Her Elevation by Interacting with Observers (1977)
"I Felt Like Socrates Accepting the Hemlock" (1980)
Experiencing the Shaman's Symphony to Understand It (1987)
Gathering Evidence on a Multifaceted Phenomenon
A Washo Shaman's Helpers (1967)
Magic Darts, Bewitching Shamans, and Curing Shamans (1968)
"Remarkably Good Theater" (1973)
Two Kinds of Japanese Shamans: The Medium and the Ascetic (1975)
Music Alone Can Alter a Shaman's Consciousness, Which Itself Can Destroy Tape Recorders (1975)
Shamans Are Intellectuals, Translators, and Shrewd Dealers (1975)
Shamans, Caves, and the Master of Animals (1979)
"Plant Teachers" (1984)
A Shaman Endures the Temptation of Sorcery (and Publishes a Book) (1990)
Interview with a Killing Shaman (1992)
Invisible Projectiles in Africa (1994)
Global Knowledge and Indigenous Knowledge Come Together and Remain Apart
Science and Magic, Two Roads to Knowledge (1962)
Shamans, "Spirits," and Mental Imagery (1987)
Dark Side of the Shaman (1989)
Shamans Explore the Human Mind (1990)
Training to See What the Natives See (1992)
"Twisted Language," a Technique for Knowing (1993)
Magic Darts as Viruses (1993)
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: Tourists and Pseudo-Shamans (1994)
Shamans and Ethics in a Global World (1995)
Shamans as Botanical Researchers (1995)
Shamanism and the Rigged Marketplace (1995)
An Ethnobotanist Dreams of Scientists and Shamans Collaborating (1998)
Shamans and Scientists (2000)
Envoi
References and Permissions
Notes on the Editors' Commentaries and Further Reading
Topical Index
Acknowledgments
About the Editors

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