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The quest for the shaman : shape-shifters, sorcerers, and spirit-healers of ancient Europe

Author: Miranda J Aldhouse-Green; Stephen Aldhouse-Green
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Long before there were organized religions there were shamans. As this book ably demonstrates, archaeological remains - from cave paintings to bog bodies to Bronze Age vessels - show that shamanism was endemic among ancient European peoples from the Stone Age to the early post-Roman era. Most shamans occupied a marginal, dual position in their communities and functioned as liaisons with the spirit-world through the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Miranda J Aldhouse-Green; Stephen Aldhouse-Green
ISBN: 0500051348 9780500051344
OCLC Number: 58051222
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: 240 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Shamanism : an introduction --
Beyond the stone gates : later Palaeolithic ritual practice --
Swans' wings and chamber tombs : searching for shamans in the Mesolithic and Neolithic --
Rocks and gold : bronze age shamanism? --
Priests, politics, and power : controlling the supernatural in Iron Age Europe --
Monsters, gender-benders, and ritualists in the Roman Empire and beyond --
Myths and magic : shape-shifting and shamanism in early Celtic literature.
Responsibility: Miranda & Stephen Aldhouse-Green.

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"Long before there were organized religions there were shamans. As this book ably demonstrates, archaeological remains - from cave paintings to bog bodies to Bronze Age vessels - show that shamanism was endemic among ancient European peoples from the Stone Age to the early post-Roman era. Most shamans occupied a marginal, dual position in their communities and functioned as liaisons with the spirit-world through the medium of trance. The authors draw on recent archaeological research in their quest for the shaman."--Jacket.

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