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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
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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.

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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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