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The Nature of Shamanism: Substance and Function of a Religious Metaphor Paperback – 4 May 1993

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (4 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791413861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791413869
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.8 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,487,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing on examples from traditional and prehistoric cultures in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Egypt, presents an integrated discussion of shamanism as a functional aspect of religion. Looks at the ritual, mythology, symbolism, and the dynamics of its cultural process; and considers the shaman's experience of personal crisis, the effect on the re --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 1997
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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.
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By far, the best book to be found on the subject 24 Sept. 1997
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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.
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