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Shamanism : Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to the Mastery of Spirits and Healing - Merete Demant Jakobsen


Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to the Mastery of Spirits and Healing

Paperback Published: 1st November 2018
ISBN: 9781789200492
Number Of Pages: 290

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Shamanism has always been of great interest to anthropologists. More recently it has been "discovered" by westerners, especially New Age followers. This book breaks new ground byexamining pristine shamanism in Greenland, among people contacted late by Western missionaries and settlers. On the basis of material only available in Danish, and presented herein English for the first time, the author questions Mircea Eliade's well-known definition of the shaman as the master of ecstasy and suggests that his role has to be seen as that of a master of spirits.

The ambivalent nature of the shaman and the spirit world in the tough Arctic environment is then contrasted with the more benign attitude to shamanism in the New Age movement. After presenting descriptions of their organizations and accounts by participants, the author critically analyses the role of neo-shamanic courses and concludes that it is doubtful to consider what isoffered as shamanism.

"This is a most useful book in the present discourse on shamanism, for it is one in which a specialist in traditional or classical shamanism who is also familiar with New Age shamanism compares the two complexes ... highly recommendable." Shamanism

ISBN: 9781789200492
ISBN-10: 1789200490
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 1st November 2018
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2