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Title:
Shamanism
Author:
Vitebsky, Piers.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Shaman
Edition:
Okalhoma Paperbacks edition.
Publication Information:
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
184 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 21 cm
General Note:
Originally published: The Shaman. 1st American ed. Boston : Little, Brown, c1995.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780806133287
Format :
Book

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Status
Central Library GN475.8 .V57 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

The shaman occupies a key role as a healer mediating between the world of the living and the world of spirits and is a potent figure in alternative medicine. Shamanism , a richly illustrated guide, looks at both historic and present-day manifestations, from the snowscaps of Siberia to the jungles of the Amazon.

The book discusses visions, initiation rites, shamanic chants, shamanism and mental health, the shamanic use of plants, and the political and social background to the shaman's work. Also covered are the links between the shaman's sense of unity in nature and the recent growth of ecological consciousness in Western societies.

* Includes more than 250 color illustrations that present a unique pictorial record of shamanism in practice and as represented in art and artifacts

* Includes a detailed region-by-region survey of shamanism with full-color maps

* Explores both spiritual and psychological aspects of the subject, as well as the relevance of shamanism to contemporary Western culture


Author Notes

Piers Vitebsky is an anthropologist & Head of Social Sciences at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England. He is author of "Dialogues with the Dead".

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