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An introduction to shamanism

Author: Thomas A Dubois
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st publishedView all editions and formats
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Shamans are professionals who make use of personal supernatural experiences as a resource for the wider community's physical and spiritual well-being. This book introduces the beliefs and rituals  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas A Dubois
ISBN: 0521695368 9780521695367
OCLC Number: 851327604
Description: XI, 317 p. ; 23 cm
Contents: Introductions --
Shamanism and the issue of religion --
A history of shamanic encounters --
Shamanism in archaeological evidence --
Shamanic soteriology and ritual --
Cosmology and the work of the shaman --
The call and initiation --
Mediating the spirit world : shamanic roles and careers --
Examining ritual effectiveness --
Seance, trance, and the shamanic mind --
Shamans, clients, and healing --
The shamanic arsenal --
Music and entheogens : pathways to ecstasy --
The material culture of shamanism --
Shamanic verbal art --
Shamanic politics in a changing world --
Shamanism under attack --
Shamanic revitalizations --
Neoshamanism.
Responsibility: Thomas A. Dubois.

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