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Shamanism and tantra in the Himalayas

Author: Claudia Müller-Ebeling; Christian Rätsch; Surendra Bahadur Shahi; Mohan Rai; Indra Doj Gurung
Publisher: Rochester, Vt. : Inner Traditions, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st US edView all editions and formats
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"The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal may be the only culture in the world where both shamanic and tantric techniques are still alive and in full practice today. The result of eighteen years of field research, Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas presents for the first time a comprehensive overview of shamanism that is based on the knowledge and experience of the different tribes from that region. Included are original  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Claudia Müller-Ebeling; Christian Rätsch; Surendra Bahadur Shahi; Mohan Rai; Indra Doj Gurung
ISBN: 0892819138 9780892819133 0892819189 9780892819188
OCLC Number: 50043131
Description: ix, 309 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Preface --
Prayer to Ganesha, guardian of the threshold --
The Kathmandu valley --
a fertile melting pot --
Phurba: the essence of shamanism --
Vajra: the essence of tantra --
The way of the shamans --
The way of the gubajus and tantrikas --
The origins of shamanism and religion --
Shamanic vision, traveling, and flying --
Shamanic healing --
Tantric healing --
The three worlds and the four directions --
Thangkas, images from other realities --
Mahakala-Mahakali --
Manjushri and the valley of Kathmandu --
Avalokiteshvara, thousand-armed god of fertility --
The cycle of time --
Hanuman, Yeti, and Ban Jhankri --
Dragons and nagas --
The chakra teachings --
Shakti, the shamanic energy --
The origins of diseases --
Of gods, bokshis, and demons --
Technology: the matter of the shaman --
Traveling herbs and traveling mushrooms: Shiva's garden --
Mantra: in the beginning is the word --
Yantra, tantra, mudra --
Ritual instruments: the tools of the trade --
Shamanism and meditation --
Sacred nature, also a mandala --
Kalinchok: journey into the heart chakra of shamanism --
The future of shamanism --
Index of the thangkas --
Glossary.
Other Titles: Shamanismus und Tantra in Nepal.
Responsibility: Claudia Müller-Ebeling, Christian Rätsch, Surendra Bahadur Shahi ; in collaboration with Mohan Rai and the shamans, Indra Doj Gurung [and others] ; translated by Annabel Lee.
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"The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal may be the only culture in the world where both shamanic and tantric techniques are still alive and in full practice today. The result of eighteen years of field research, Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas presents for the first time a comprehensive overview of shamanism that is based on the knowledge and experience of the different tribes from that region. Included are original statements from the various ethnic groups and 135 color thangkas, which act as visual guides to the specific practices of the tantric tradition. In addition to the thangkas, the book is lavishly illustrated with numerous photos of different shamanic healing ceremonies, ritual objects, and culturally significant plants that have never been published before. The book also contains a wealth of original recipes, smoking mixtures, scientific tables, charts, and descriptions of more than 20 plants whose psychoactive properties and uses by shamans have never before been researched or documented."--Publisher's description.

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