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Shamanism : Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy - Mircea Eliade


Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

By: Mircea Eliade, Willard R. Trask (Translator), Wendy Doniger (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 19th January 2004
ISBN: 9780691119427
Number Of Pages: 610

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First published in 1951, Shamanism soon became the standard work in the study of this mysterious and fascinating phenomenon. Writing as the founder of the modern study of the history of religion, Romanian emigre--scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) surveys the practice of Shamanism over two and a half millennia of human history, moving from the Shamanic traditions of Siberia and Central Asia--where Shamanism was first observed--to North and South America, Indonesia, Tibet, China, and beyond. In this authoritative survey, Eliade illuminates the magico-religious life of societies that give primacy of place to the figure of the Shaman--at once magician and medicine man, healer and miracle-doer, priest, mystic, and poet. Synthesizing the approaches of psychology, sociology, and ethnology, Shamanism will remain for years to come the reference book of choice for those intrigued by this practice.

Industry Reviews

"Eliade writes of the shamans with that masterly combination of sympathy and detachment... [His] findings will almost certainly be echoed by great voices of the future."--New York Times Book Review "Eliade is the most informative guide to the modern mythologies."--Frank Kermode, New Statesman "[A] close and detailed yet comparative study of shamanism... [It] has become the standard work on the subject and justifies its claim to be the first book to study the phenomenon over a wide field and in a properly religious context."--Times Literary Supplement "Clearly the best work on Shamanism published so far."--The Review of Religion

Foreword to the 2004 Edition
Note on Orthography
General Considerations. Recruiting Methods. Shamanism and Mystical Vocationp. 3
Initiatory Sicknesses and Dreamsp. 33
Obtaining Shamanic Powersp. 67
Shamanic Initiationp. 110
Symbolism of the Shaman's Costume and Drump. 145
Shamanism in Central and North Asia: I. Celestial Ascents. Descents to the Underworldp. 181
Shamanism in Central and North Asia: II. Magical Cures. The Shaman as Psychopompp. 215
Shamanism and Cosmologyp. 259
Shamanism in North and South Americap. 288
Southeast Asian and Oceanian Shamanismp. 337
Shamanic Ideologies and Techniques among the Indo-Europeansp. 375
Shamanic Symbolisms and Techniques in Tibet, China, and the Far Eastp. 428
Parallel Myths, Symbols, and Ritesp. 466
Conclusionsp. 495
The Formation of North Asian Shamanismp. 495
Epiloguep. 508
List of Works Citedp. 513
Indexp. 571
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ISBN: 9780691119427
ISBN-10: 0691119422
Series: Bollingen Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 610
Published: 19th January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Type: Revised