Shamanism: A Reader

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Graham Harvey
Psychology Press, 2003 - 461 pages

Shamanism has been practised amongst communities all over the world for millennia, and continues to survive today in both modern and ancient forms. Shamanism: A Reader unites perspectives from disciplines including anthropology, psychology, musicology, and botany to provide an unique overview of modern writing on shamanism. Juxtaposing the traditional practices of indigenous peoples with their new and often radically urban reinterpretations, experts including Michael Harner, Milhàly Hoppàl, Majorie M Balzer and Piers Vitebsky raise questions about constructions of shamanism, its efficacy, its use and misuse as a cultural symbol, and its real nature.
Locating its material in the encounter between traditional and contemporary, and within many forms of response to the image of the shaman, Shamanism: A Reader is an essential tribute to the vitality and breadth of shamanic tradition both among its original practitioners of Europe, tribes of America and Asia, and within seemingly familiar aspects of the modern west. Representing the best of classic and current scholarship, and highlighting the diversity of approaches to shamanism in an accessible and user-friendly way, this clearly introduced and organized collection sets a new standard for shamanic study in terms of the breadth and depth of its coverage.

 

Contents

VI
27
VII
31
VIII
41
IX
57
X
59
XI
63
XII
69
XIV
92
XXVI
226
XXVII
235
XXVIII
242
XXIX
262
XXX
276
XXXI
299
XXXII
301
XXXIII
307

XV
103
XVI
123
XVII
145
XVIII
153
XIX
155
XX
159
XXI
170
XXII
186
XXIII
203
XXIV
221
XXV
223
XXXIV
324
XXXV
334
XXXVI
355
XXXVII
365
XXXVIII
375
XL
402
XLI
424
XLII
442
XLIII
449
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Graham Harvey has written widely on paganism and indigenous religion, and is the author of Pagan Pathways (Harper Collins, 2001) and Paganism Today. He teaches at King Alfred's College, Winchester.

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