Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

Paperback | February 8, 2004

byMircea Eliade

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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 émigré--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.

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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 émigré--scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) surveys the practice of Shamanism over two and a half millennia of human history, moving ...

Born in Bucharest in 1907, Mircea Eliade was for many years Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. He is author of, among other books, Images and Symbols: Studies in Religious Symbolism, Myth of the Eternal Return, and Yoga: Immortality and Freedom (all Princeton). Wend...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:648 pages, 8 × 5 × 1.34 inPublished:February 8, 2004Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Forward to the 2004 Edition xi
Foreward xvii
Note on Othography xxix
CHAPTER 1: General Considerations. Recruiting Methods. Shamanism and Mystical Vocation 3
CHAPTER 2: Initiatory Sickness and Dreams 33
CHAPTER 3: Obtaining Shamanic Powers 67
CHAPTER 4: Shamanic Initiation 110
CHAPTER 5: Symbolism of the Shaman's Costume and Drum 145
CHAPTER 6: Shamanism in Central and North Asia: I. Celestial Ascents. Descents to the Underworld 181
CHAPTER 7: Shamanism in Central and North Asia: II. Magial Cures. The Shaman as Psychopomp 215
CHAPTER 8: Shamanism and Cosmology 259
CHAPTER 9: Shamanism in North and South America 288
CHAPTER 10: Southeast Asian and Oceanian Shamanism 337
CHAPTER 11: Shamanic Ideologies and Techniques among the Indo-Europeans 375
CHAPTER 12: Shamanic Symbolisms and Techniques in Tibet, China, and the Far East 428
CGAPTER 13: Parallel Myths, Symbols, and Rites 466
CHAPTER 14: Conclusion 495
Epilogue 508
List of Works Cited 513
Index 571

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"Clearly the best work on Shamanism published so far."--The Review of Religion