A survey of five centuries of writings on the world's great shamans-the tricksters, sorcerers, conjurers, and healers who have fascinated observers for centuries.This collection of essays traces Western civilization's struggle to interpret and understand the ancient knowledge of cultures that revere magic men and women-individuals with the power to summon spirits. As writtA survey of five centuries of writings on the world's great shamans-the tricksters, sorcerers, conjurers, and healers who have fascinated observers for centuries.This collection of essays traces Western civilization's struggle to interpret and understand the ancient knowledge of cultures that revere magic men and women-individuals with the power to summon spirits. As written by priests, explorers, adventurers, natural historians, and anthropologists, the pieces express the wonder of strangers in new worlds. Who were these extraordinary magic-makers who imitated the sounds of animals in the night, or drank tobacco juice through funnels, or wore collars filled with stinging ants?Shamans Through Time is a rare chronicle of changing attitudes toward that which is strange and unfamiliar. With essays by such acclaimed thinkers as Claude Lévi-Strauss, Black Elk, Carlos Castaneda, and Frank Boas, it provides an awesome glimpse into the incredible shamanic practices of cultures around the world....
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Shamans Through Time Reviews
so much knowledge has been lost due to our own indifference to things we have not understood. This book was humbling in the sense that so much of my heritage has been part of the discrimination and destruction of such valuable teachings through the ages.
1) "Devil Worship: Consuming Tobacco to Receive Messages from Nature" (1535); de Oviedo, Gonzalo Fernandez2) "Ministers of the Devil Who Learn about the Secrets of Nature" (1557); Thevet, Andre3) "Evoking the Devil: Fasting with Tobacco to Learn How to Cure" (1664); Biet, Antoine4) The Shaman: "A Villain Who Calls Demons" (1672); Petrovich, Avvakum5) "The Savages Esteem Their Jugglers" (1724); Lafitau, Joseph Francois6) "Shamans Deserve Perpetual Labor for Their Hocus-Pocus" (1751); Gmelin, Johann Gmelin7) "Blinded by Superstition" (1755); Krasheninnikov, Stepan Petrovich8) "Shamans are Impostors Who Claim They Consult the Devil--And Who Are Sometimes Close to the Mark" (1765); Diderot, Denis9) Misled Impostors and the Power of Imagination (1785); Herder, Johann Gottfried10) Animism Is the Belief in Spiritual Beings (1871); Tylor, Edward B.11) A White Man Goes to a Peaiman (1883); Thurn, Everard F. Im12) The Angakog Uses a Peculiar Language and Defines Taboos (1887); Boas, Franz13) The-Man-Who-Fell-From-Heaven Shamanizes Despite Persecution (1896); Sieroshevski, Wenceslas14) Shamanism is a Dangerously Vague Word (1903); Gennep, Arnold Van15) "Doomed to Inspiration" (1904); Bogoras, Waldemar16) Ventriloquist and Trickster Performances for Healing and Divination (1908); Johelson, Vladimir Ilich17) "A Motley Class of Person" (1908); Dixon, Roland B.18) Seeking Contact with Spirits Is Not Necessarily Shamanism (1910); Boas, Franz19) "The Shaman Practices on the Verge of Insanity" (1914); Czaplicka, Marie Antoinette20) Near-Death Experience (1929); Rasmussen, Ivalo and Knud Rasmussen21) Seeking Knowledge in the Solitude of Nature (1930); Rasmussen, Igjugarjuk and Knud Rasmussen22) Summoning the Spirits for the First Time (1932); Elk, Black and John G. Neihardt23) The Shaman's Assistant (1935); Shirokogoroff, Sergei M.24) Shamans Charm Game (1938); Park, Willard Z.25) Climbing the Twisted Ladder to Initiation (1944); Metraux, Alfred26) Aboriginal Doctors Are Outstanding People (1945); Elkin, Adolphus Peter27) Shamans as Psychoanalysts (1949); Levi-Strauss, Claude28) Using Invisible Substances for Good and Evil (1949); Metraux, Alfred29) The Shamanin Performs a Public Service with Grace and Energy (1955); Elwin, Verrier30) "The Shaman Is Mentally Deranged" (1956); Devereux, George31) Clever Cords and Clever Men (1957); Rose, Ronald32) Singing Multifaceted Songs (1958); Dioszegi, Vilmos33) !Kung Medicine Dance (1962); Marshall, Lorna34) Smoking Huge Cigars (1956); Huxley, Francis35) "I Was a Disembodied Eye Poised in Space" (1957); Wasson, R. Gordon36) Fear, Clarity, Knowledge, and Power (1968); Castaneda, Carlos37) "I Found Myself Impaled on the Axis Mundi" (1974); Myerhoff, Barbara38) A Shaman Loses Her Elevation by Interacting with Observers (1977); Sabina, Maria and Alvaro Estrada39) "I Felt Like Socrates Accepting the Hemlock" (1980); Harner, Michael40) Experiencing the Shaman's Symphony to Understand It (1987); Kalweit, Holger41) A Washo Shaman's Helper (1967); Handelman, Don42)Magic Darts, Bewitching Shamans, and Curing Shamans (1968); Harner, Michael 43) "Remarkably Good Theater" (1973); Hitchcock, John T.44) Two Kinds of Japanese Shamans: The Medium and the Ascetic (1975); Blacker, Carmen45) Music Alone Can Alter a Shaman's Consciousness, Which Itself Can Destroy Tape Recorders (1975); Olsen, Dale A.46) Shamans are Intellectuals, Translators, and Shrewd Dealers (1975); Reichel-Dolmatoff, Gerardo47) Shamans, Caves, and the Master of Animals (1979); Burkert, Walter48) "Plant Teachers" (1984); Luna, Luis Eduardo49) A Shaman Endures the Temptation of Sorcery (and Publishes a Book) (1990); Payaguaje, Fernando50) Interview with a Killing Shaman (1992); Skafte, Ashok and Peter Skafte51) Invisible Projectiles in Africa (1994); Some, Malidoma Patrice52) Science and Magic, Two Roads to Knowledge (1962); Levi-Strauss, Claude53) Shamans, "Spirits," and Mental Imagery (1987); Noll, Richard54) Dark Side of the Shaman (1989); Brown, Michael F.55) Shamans Explore the Human Mind (1990); Walsh, Roger56) Training to See What the Natives See (1992); Turner, Edith57) "Twisted Language," a Technique for Knowing (1993); Townsley, Graham58) Magic Darts as Viruses (1993); Chaumeil, Jean-Pierre59) Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: Tourists and Pseudo-Shamans (1994); de Rios, Marlene Dobkin60) Shamans and Ethics in a Global World (1995); Ott, Eleanor61) Shamans as Botanical Researchers (1995); Davis, Wade62) Shamanism and the Rigged Marketplace (1995); Vitebsky, Piers63) An Ethnobotanist Dreams of Scientists and Shamans Collaborating (1998); Shepard, Glenn H.64) Shamans and Scientists (2000); Narby, Jeremy
This is an excellent book that one can either dip in and out of or go right through the history of how shamanic practices have been represented. Narby is an anthropologist with extensive knowledge of Amazonian shamanism but the book takes a much broader view by going through hundreds of years of history and offering the reader clear snapshots from different people's perspectives. These range from early missionary accounts, where the shaman is presented as doing diabolical things on behalf of the devil to up-to-date situations where scientists have been given the shamanic potion ayahuasca and as a result had breakthroughs in their research. Between these two extreme are an incredibly broad range of perspectives and this allows the reader to not only give insight into shamanism but also into how our societies have transformed and become more appreciative of 'traditional' approaches to healing and spirituality. The book is a good sized and manages to get lots of eras and perspectives in but it is easy to read. Those interested in particular chapters can follow-up this reading by finding the original depictions on which the book hangs.
A compilation of the literature about shamans and shamism beginning with authors from the 16th century up until the present day. At first I found the excerpts annoyingly short but as I continued to read an overall picture of the evolution western thought as it related to shamism and traditional societies was painted. So well written and organised that I feel like I have learnt a lot without any effort.
There are tons of glowing 4- and 5-star reviews on this one, and I guess I'm the odd one out, because I (to my surprise) did not enjoy this much at all.It's a collection of essays throughout the ages about shamanism – but all from outsiders' points of view. It was an especially hard read because it goes chronologically, and essays from the 1500s right up to about the 1950s or so all denigrate the topic and approach it with such disdain and cluelessness. It taught me nothing except how assholish and self-aggrandizing people can be.We actually start to learn and gain some great insight once we see essays from people who actually respected the topic and/or participated in shamanic practices themselves. Unfortunately, we don't see any of that until nearly the end of the book. This might be great for historians or academics, but if you're actually interested in insight into shamanic practices, there are better books out there.
I had to read this book for my Anthropology class, and I found it quite interesting. It amazing how Shamans have been viewed. Some view them as "actors", others view them as true healers in their societies. This compilation of essays does a nice job of showing you the various views of anthropologists, adventurers and explorers. The early essays show how shamanism is viewed as hoaxes to devil worship; whereas, the later essays show how shamanism is viewed as a "remarkable system of spiritual knowledge and practice."
This is a nice edited collection of of the convoluted writings on "shamans," throughout history. One gets a good sense of the superior attitudes Europeans held for a long time which helps in gleaning the ways those attitudes continue to shape people's current attitudes even when they think they are favorably disposed toward indigenous peoples' practices around the world. The concept remains a problem.
This was an excellent book, with many accounts of what shamans have said themselves. As it is written for our culture there are, of course, some parts which have a difficult and unhelpful energy for people with psychic/shamanic gifts to read, but on the whole this is one of the best books I've found. I do recommend it highly.
My 4th favorite book about shamans.
Interesting insight into how the Shamans were viewed in the olden days.