The World of Shamanism

Author: Roger N. Walsh
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 9780738705750
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

This objective exploration of shamanism and its place in contemporary life leaves no stone unturned as Dr. Walsh examines shamanistic traditions throughout history, and how they intersect with modern psychology and metaphysical studies.

The World of Shamanism

Author: Roger Walsh
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 9780738726137
Release Date: 2014-05-08
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Fascinating, comprehensive, and eminently readable, this guide explores shamanism—the world's most enduring healing and religious tradition—in the light of modern medicine, psychology, neuroscience, consciousness disciplines, and religious studies. Praise for The World of Shamanism "As if on cue, just when I am beginning to think that shamanism is the ground from which all religions spring, along comes this book. I cannot imagine a book that would be more helpful to me in thinking through this important subject." —Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions "...Unquestionably the most rounded compact introduction to shamanism, particularly the inner world of shamans, available today. A door-opening book for students of consciousness and spirituality." —Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., M.Litt, author of The Yoga Tradition "A splendidly clear and timely survey of shamanism." —Jean Achterberg, Ph.D., author of Imagery in Healing "Quite simply, this book is a major step forward in understanding the vital phenomenon of shamanism. I recommend it highly." —Charles Tart, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California at Davis, author of States of Consciousness "...Eminently useful and inspiring. A brilliant integrative work that pushes the frontiers of consciousness in insightful, practical, and powerful ways." —Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist, author of The Four-Fold Way and The Second Half of Life "...Unique in bringing together the full range of anthropological, psychological, and psychiatric literature on this vital subject. It does so with admirable scholarship yet still manages to be sensitive and clear." —Christie W. Kiefer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California at San Francisco


Author: Richard W. I. Guisso
Publisher: Jain Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780895818867
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Religion

A series of psychological and anthropological studies about the oldest and the most fascinating religious tradition of Korea.


Author: Mariko Namba Walter
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781576076453
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Religion

A guide to worldwide shamanism and shamanistic practices, emphasizing historical and current cultural adaptations. * Nearly 200 entries on shamanic belief systems, practices, rituals, and related phenomena * 152 contributors including international experts and pioneering researchers in the field * 100 photos, charts, and tables * Multicultural bibliography of significant materials from the fields of history, ethnography, and anthropology


Author: Margaret Stutley
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415273188
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Shamanism is one of the earliest and farthest-reaching magical and religious traditions, vestiges of which still underlie the major religious faiths of the modern world. The function of the shaman is to show his or her people the unseen powers behind the mere appearances of nature, as experienced through intuition, in trance states, or during ecstatic mystical visions. Shamans possess healing powers, communicate with the dead and the world beyond, and influence the weather and movements of hunting animals. The psychological exaltation of shamanism trance states is similar to the ecstasies of Yogis, Christian mystics and dervishes. Shamanism: An Introduction traces the development of shamanism in its many fascinating global manifestations. Looking at shamanic practices from Siberia to China and beyond, it provides an accessible guide to one of the world's most ancient, notorious and frequently misrepresented spiritual traditions. Placing special emphasis on the climate, geographic and cultural pressures under which shanic customs arose and continue to be observed, Margaret Stutley summarizes and clearly explains the logic of a faith whose fantastical elements hold a special place in popular imagination.

The Hollow Bone

Author: Colleen Deatsman
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN: 1609255879
Release Date: 2011-10-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Shamanism is the oldest living path of spirituality and healing, dating back tens of thousands of years, yet many people don't know what it is or are confused about the practice. In The Hollow Bone, shaman, teacher, and author Colleen Deatsman unveils the mysterious world of Shamanism as it is still practiced today all around the world. Deatsman explains that shamanism is not a religion with a doctrine, dogma, or holy book. Rather, it is a spirituality rooted in the idea that all matter has consciousness and that accessing the spirit in all things is part of what keeps the world in balance and individuals healed and whole. The Hollow Bone examines shamanism's history, its core beliefs, and how it is practiced all around the world. It includes a glossary of terms, resources for finding and working with shamanic teachers, and over two dozen rare photographs and illustrations showing the magnificent range of shamanic tools, rituals, practitioners, and traditions. This comprehensive introduction answers many frequently asked questions such as:What is shamanism? Where is it practiced? What are the beliefs and understandings inherent to shamanism?Who are the shamans?What do shamans do?Can anyone train to be a shaman?Where can I learn more?


Author: Piers Vitebsky
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0806133287
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Social Science

From the snowscapes of Siberia to the jungles of the Amazon, this book explores the role of the shaman as a healer mediating between the world of the living and the world of the spirits. 250 illustrations, many in color. 25 maps.


Author: Graham Harvey
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415253292
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Religion

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.

Alternative States of Consciousness in Shamanism Imaginal Psychotherapies Hypnotherapy and Meditation Including a Shamanism and Meditation Inspired Personal and Professional Training Program for the 21st Century Psychotherapist

Author: Allen Holmquist
Publisher: Universal-Publishers
ISBN: 9781581123579
Release Date: 2009-08-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Shamanism, hypnosis, imaginal psychotherapies, and meditation are based on the use of what we in the modern western world think of as non-ordinary human consciousness. These four modalities have fundamental similarities and differences in purpose, theory, technique, type of alternative consciousness, and their application of non-ordinary reality. Shamanism, the oldest and most intertwined with the cultures in which it is practiced, will be explored as a model for individual healing and transformation and professional training. The shamanic way will also be explored as a model of consciousness and a world-view that offers individuals, groups, and society much needed coping mechanisms, healing techniques, and transformative values that may be helpful in dealing with this trying and important transition time for humanity. Imaginal therapies, meditation and hypnosis all have their roots in shamanism, although in some parts of the world at certain times in history, shamanism borrowed from meditation in its adaptation and development.


Author: Nevill Drury
Publisher: Element Books Limited
ISBN: 1852307943
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Magic

Shamanism is rooted in the mists of history and its practices are thought to be the longest surviving rituals in which people tried to communicate with their gods. Nevill Drury's beautifully illustrated and authoritatively written guide uncovers the magical world of Shamanism, and illuminates the enigmatic and universal soul of the Shamanic tradition.

Shamanism and Northern Ecology

Author: Juha Pentikäinen
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110811674
Release Date: 1996-01-01
Genre: Religion

The series Religion and Society (RS) contributes to the exploration of religions as social systems – both in Western and non-Western societies; in particular, it examines religions in their differentiation from, and intersection with, other cultural systems, such as art, economy, law and politics. Due attention is given to paradigmatic case or comparative studies that exhibit a clear theoretical orientation with the empirical and historical data of religion and such aspects of religion as ritual, the religious imagination, constructions of tradition, iconography, or media. In addition, the formation of religious communities, their construction of identity, and their relation to society and the wider public are key issues of this series.

Spirits from the Edge of the World

Author: J van Ysslestyne
ISBN: 0692104291
Release Date: 2018-09-24
Genre: Social Science

Spirits from the Edge of the World is a compilation of oral shamanic history gathered from 1994 to the present. The Ulchi are Manchu-Tungus speaking peoples who gave the word "shaman" to the world. These people have inhabited the regions of the Amur River since the Neolithic epoch. Their oral histories recount their earliest beginnings in the midst of the Pleistocene landscapes of southeastern Siberia. This book reveals the essential and comprehensive teachings of Classical shamanism. Wonder tales of enchanted animals, legends of the first ancestral shaman, creation stories, ways of nature, and the intimate relationship between humans and spirits explored and discussed from in-depth conversations with the elders and last remaining shamans of the Ulchi people.

An Encyclopedia of Shamanism Volume 1

Author: Christina Pratt
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 1404210407
Release Date: 2007-08-01
Genre: Social Science

Shamanism can be defined as the practice of initiated shamans who are distinguished by their mastery of a range of altered states of consciousness. Shamanism arises from the actions the shaman takes in non-ordinary reality and the results of those actions in ordinary reality. It is not a religion, yet it demands spiritual discipline and personal sacrifice from the mature shaman who seeks the highest stages of mystical development.

Shamanism Made Easy

Author: Christa Mackinnon
Publisher: Hay House, Inc
ISBN: 9781788172790
Release Date: 2018-11-20
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Reconnect with your authentic self and bring meaning back into your life with the ancient, time-tested wisdom of shamanism. This book is a fantastic and comprehensive introduction to shamanism by a leading expert and teacher on the subject. Shamanism is the oldest and most enduring spiritual wisdom tradition on Earth. It offers powerful practices for healing and finding wholeness, and is appealing to a whole new generation of spiritual seekers. Shamanism Made Easy, written by a much loved university psychotherapist and shamanic teacher, explains the subject in a clear and easily digestible format, and shows why these deeply transformative techniques are so needed in our challenging times. In this book, the reader will learn, amongst many things, how to build an altar and create a sacred space, conduct ceremonies and design a daily ritual, connect with spirit helpers, ancestors and descendants, and use dance as a tool for awakening and freedom. Above all, readers will learn what it is like to undergo transformative journeys for personal healing and development. This book was previously published within the Hay House Basics series.