ISBN-10: 0806133287

ISBN-13: 9780806133287

Edition: 2001

Authors: Piers Vitebsky

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 3/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792

Piers Vitebsky is an anthropologist & Head of Social Sciences at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England. He is author of "Dialogues with the Dead".

Introductionp. 6
The Shamanic Worldviewp. 8
What is a shaman?p. 10
Spirits and soulsp. 12
Layers of the cosmosp. 15
Levels of realityp. 18
Concepts of powerp. 22
Regional Traditionsp. 26
The religion of the stone agep. 28
Hunters, herders and farmersp. 30
Siberia and Mongoliap. 34
South and East Asiap. 38
North Americap. 42
South and Central Americap. 46
The rest of the worldp. 50
Becoming a Shamanp. 52
Who becomes a shaman?p. 54
Initiation and instructionp. 59
Trance and ecstasyp. 64
Helpers and teachersp. 66
Voyages to other realmsp. 70
Battles with hostile spiritsp. 74
Music, dance and wordsp. 78
Costumes and equipmentp. 82
Shamanic botany: hallucinogensp. 85
Tricks of the tradep. 88
The shaman's multiple naturep. 91
Death of the shamanp. 94
Shamans and Clientsp. 96
Healing the sick, rescuing lost soulsp. 98
Diviningp. 104
Obtaining animalsp. 106
Protecting the communityp. 110
Shamans and the statep. 116
Dramas and rolesp. 120
A summary of shamanic procedurep. 125
Understanding Shamansp. 128
Early impressionsp. 130
Shamanism in the history of religionp. 132
Communist regimesp. 136
Are shamans mentally ill?p. 138
Do shamans really heal?p. 142
Kinds of consciousnessp. 146
New shamanic movementsp. 150
The cosmos withinp. 154
Documentary Referencep. 160
Sources and referencesp. 161
Directory of Peoplesp. 169
New Shamanic Movementsp. 170
Bibliographyp. 171
Indexp. 176
Photo Creditsp. 183
Author's Acknowledgmentsp. 184
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