Shamanism: Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to the Mastery of Spirits and Healing

Shamanism: Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to the Mastery of Spirits and Healing

Merete Demant Jakobsen


Shamanism has continually been of serious curiosity to anthropologists. extra lately it's been "discovered" through westerners, specially New Age fans. This booklet breaks new floor byexamining pristine shamanism in Greenland, between humans contacted overdue through Western missionaries and settlers. at the foundation of fabric in basic terms to be had in Danish, and awarded herein English for the 1st time, the writer questions Mircea Eliade's recognized definition of the shaman because the grasp of ecstasy and means that his function needs to be visible as that of a grasp of spirits.

The ambivalent nature of the shaman and the spirit global within the tricky Arctic surroundings is then contrasted with the extra benign angle to shamanism within the New Age circulation. After providing descriptions in their businesses and debts by means of individuals, the writer severely analyses the position of neo-shamanic classes and concludes that it truly is uncertain to think about what isoffered as shamanism.

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