Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea EliadeShamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

byMircea Eliade

Paperback | February 8, 2004

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First published in 1951,Shamanismsoon 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,Shamanismwill remain for years to come the reference book of choice for those intrigued by this practice.

Born in Bucharest in 1907,Mircea Eliadewas 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, andYoga: Immortality and Freedom(all Princeton).Wendy Doni...
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Title:Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of EcstasyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:648 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.34 inPublished:February 8, 2004Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691119422

ISBN - 13:9780691119427

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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