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Shamanism and the origin of states : spirit, power, and gender in East Asia

Author: Sarah M Nelson
Publisher: Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, ©2008.
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Sarah Milledge Nelson's bold thesis is that the development of states in East Asia - China, Japan, Korea - was an outgrowth of the leadership in smaller communities guided by shamans.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nelson, Sarah M., 1931-
Shamanism and the origin of states.
Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)609324191
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah M Nelson
ISBN: 9781598741322 1598741322 9781598741339 1598741330
OCLC Number: 183262293
Description: xx, 283 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Orientation to shamanism and the origin of states : spirit, power, and gender in East Asia --
Landscapes, legends, and skyscapes --
What is a shaman? --
Power, leadership, and gender --
Shamanism in the East Asian neolithic --
Shamanism in early Chinese states --
Shamanism in Korea --
Shamanism in the Japanese islands --
Retying the knots : leadership, ideology, cultural patterns, gender, and shamans in East Asia.
Responsibility: Sarah Milledge Nelson.
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Using a mixture of historical documents, mythology, archaeological data, and ethnographic studies of contemporary shamans, this book builds a case for shamans being the driving force behind the  Read more...

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'n this book Sarah Milledge Nelson suggests that shamanism was a significant building block for state formation in East Asia, and that women, who often had the shamanistic access to the spirit world, Read more...

 
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