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Shamanism : the neural ecology of consciousness and healing

Author: Michael Winkelman
Publisher: Westport, CT : Bergin & Garvey, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Just as the ancient healing tradition was about to succumb to the denunciation and scorn of rational thought, says Winkelman (ethnography, Arizona State U.) it experienced a resurgence instead and is now practiced regularly in a wide range of religious systems ranging from Pentecostal to Buddhist. He examines the psychobiological and psychocognitive foundations of shamanism and related universal traditions concerned  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Winkelman
ISBN: 0897897048 9780897897044
OCLC Number: 42296360
Description: xvi, 309 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Shamanism and Consciousness: An Introduction --
Introduction: Anthropology and the Study of Consciousness --
The Nature of Consciousness --
A Neurophenomenological Approach to Consciousness --
Brain Structures and Consciousness: The Triune Brain --
Symbolic Consciousness: Presentational and Representational Modalities --
The Nature and Basis of Shamanism: Cross-Cultural and Neurophenomenological Perspectives --
The Phenomena of Shamanism --
The Shaman As an Etic Phenomenon --
The Shaman's Initiatory Crisis --
Visionary Experience: Soul Flight and the Guardian Spirit Quest --
Shamanic Spirit Relations and Self-Transformation --
Shamanism and Psychocognitive Integration --
Physiological and Phenomenological Bases of Altered States of Consciousness --
Cultural and Altered States of Consciousness --
Modes, States, Phases, and Warps of Consciousness --
Different ASCs in the Integrative Mode of Consciousness --
The Biological Basis of the Integrative Mode of Consciousness --
Psychophysiology of the Shaman's ASC --
The Mediums and Possession ASC --
Meditative ASC --
Physiological Bases of Shamanistic Therapies --
General Physiological Bases for Shamanistic Therapies --
Stress and Well-Being: Ritual Effects on the Autonomic Nervous System --
Therapeutic Effects of Hallucinogens --
Neurotransmitters, Psychointegrators, and Organismic Functioning --
Meditation as Therapy --
Psychophysiological Dynamics of Shamanistic Healing --
Ritual Healing: Forms and Functions --
Medicine's Symbolic Reality.
Responsibility: Michael Winkelman.


Shamanic soul journey, possession, and meditative forms of consciousness are examined from phenomenological, neurological, and epistemological perspectives which reveal them to be innate forms of  Read more...


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