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Shamans and religion : an anthropological exploration in critical thinking

Author: Alice Beck Kehoe
Publisher: Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, ©2000.
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"The word "shaman" has been used throughout the history of anthropology to describe indigenous healers around the world. In this outstanding text, Kehoe argues compellingly that the term is misused when applied to practitioners other than those from Siberia, where the term originated. Applying critical thinking techniques as a way of examining assumptions presented as fact, she deconstructs many commonly held  Read more...
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Kehoe, Alice Beck, 1934-
Shamans and religion.
Prospect Heights, Ill. : Waveland Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)988769728
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Beck Kehoe
ISBN: 1577661621 9781577661627
OCLC Number: 45740036
Description: viii, 125 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Real shamans --
Understanding religion from an anthropological perspective --
The idea of the shaman --
Religion or genes? --
Shamans everywhere? --
Shaman painters? --
Selling "shamanic journeys" --
Deafening silence.
Responsibility: Alice Beck Kehoe.

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"The word "shaman" has been used throughout the history of anthropology to describe indigenous healers around the world. In this outstanding text, Kehoe argues compellingly that the term is misused when applied to practitioners other than those from Siberia, where the term originated. Applying critical thinking techniques as a way of examining assumptions presented as fact, she deconstructs many commonly held notions of what shamanism is and isn't, closely critiquing widely cited articles and books on the subject. The problems discussed bring up important anthropological questions not limited to the anthropology of religion. How does the ethnographer distance his or her own (usually Western) socialization when describing the empirical reality of a culture? How does the reader of the anthropological literature do the same when analyzing others' writings? Kehoe maintains that critical thinking, long the fundamental method guiding both academic scholarship and pedagogy, helps answer these questions."--Jacket.

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