A fundamental work for those beginning their study of shamanism, as well as an essential volume for the initiated, The Nature of Shamanism offers a singularly thorough and profound treatment of the subject. Densely written and filled with seemingly endless layers of meaning, it can be used as a reference and should be read again and again. Each time I return to this book with a new level of understanding, it is as if I am reading each section for the first time, as new and more profound meanings are revealed.
I could not agree more with this reviewer's comments: "This book is provocative! It is a 'thinking book'; the reader cannot remain passive. It makes one realize that truths are constantly being rediscovered in all cultures throughout time - how we create culture and how culture in turn creates us - the circle of truths, ancient and modern. I was sometimes awestruck by the comprehension of the author. A profound and powerful work, I enjoyed it to the last sentence."
-- Lana Clark
This book is an invaluable contribution to the field, and I would readily recommend it above all others.