The Woman in the Shaman's Body

Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine

Author: Barbara Tedlock, Ph.D.

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307571637

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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A distinguished anthropologist–who is also an initiated shaman–reveals the long-hidden female roots of the world’s oldest form of religion and medicine. Here is a fascinating expedition into this ancient tradition, from its prehistoric beginnings to the work of women shamans across the globe today. Shamanism was not only humankind’s first spiritual and healing practice, it was originally the domain of women. This is the claim of Barbara Tedlock’s provocative and myth-shattering book. Reinterpreting generations of scholarship, Tedlock–herself an expert in dreamwork, divination, and healing–explains how and why the role of women in shamanism was misinterpreted and suppressed, and offers a dazzling array of evidence, from prehistoric African rock art to modern Mongolian ceremonies, for women’s shamanic powers. Tedlock combines firsthand accounts of her own training among the Maya of Guatemala with the rich record of women warriors and hunters, spiritual guides, and prophets from many cultures and times. Probing the practices that distinguish female shamanism from the much better known male traditions, she reveals: • The key role of body wisdom and women’s eroticism in shamanic trance and ecstasy • The female forms of dream witnessing, vision questing, and use of hallucinogenic drugs • Shamanic midwifery and the spiritual powers released in childbirth and monthly female cycles • Shamanic symbolism in weaving and other feminine arts • Gender shifting and male-female partnership in shamanic practice Filled with illuminating stories and illustrations, The Woman in the Shaman’s Body restores women to their essential place in the history of spirituality and celebrates their continuing role in the worldwide resurgence of shamanism today. From the Hardcover edition.

The Anthropology of Magic

Author: Susan Greenwood

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 0857850792

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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Magic is arguably the least understood subject in anthropology today. Exotic and fascinating, it offers us a glimpse into another world but it also threatens to undermine the foundations of anthropology due to its supposed irrational and non-scientific nature. Magic has thus often been 'explained away' by social or psychological reduction. The Anthropology of Magic redresses the balance and brings magic, as an aspect of consciousness, into focus through the use of classic texts and cutting-edge research. Suitable for student and scholar alike, The Anthropology of Magic updates a classical anthropological debate concerning the nature of human experience. A key theme is that human beings everywhere have the potential for magical consciousness. Taking a new approach to some perennial topics in anthropology - such as shamanism, mythology, witchcraft and healing - the book raises crucial theoretical and methodological issues to provide the reader with an engaging and critical understanding of the dynamics of magic. Join the live discussion on Facebook!

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

4 Volume Set

Author: Bonnie G. Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195148908

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 2752

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The Encyclopedia of Women in World History captures the experiences of women throughout world history in a comprehensive, 4-volume work. Although there has been extensive research on women in history by region, no text or reference work has comprehensively covered the role women have played throughout world history.The past thirty years have seen an explosion of research and effort to present the experiences and contributions of women not only in the Western world but across the globe. Historians have investigated womens daily lives in virtually every region and have researched the leadership roles women have filled across time and region. They have found and demonstrated that there is virtually no historical, social, or demographic change in which women have not been involved and by which their lives have not been affected. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History benefits greatly from these efforts and experiences, and illuminates how women worldwide have influenced and been influenced by these historical, social, and demographic changes.The Encyclopedia contains over 1,250 signed articles arranged in an A-Z format for ease of use. The entries cover six main areas: biographies; geography and history; comparative culture and society, including adoption, abortion, performing arts; organizations and movements, such as the Egyptian Uprising, and the Paris Commune; womens and gender studies; and topics in world history that include slave trade, globalization, and disease. With its rich and insightful entries by leading scholars and experts, this reference work is sure to be a valued, go-to resource for scholars, college and high school students, and general readers alike.

The Beauty of the Primitive

Shamanism and Western Imagination

Author: Andrei A. Znamenski

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198038498

Category: Religion

Page: 464

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For the past forty years shamanism has drawn increasing attention among the general public and academics. There is an enormous literature on shamanism, but no one has tried to understand why and how Western intellectual and popular culture became so fascinated with the topic. Behind fictional and non-fictional works on shamanism, Andrei A. Znamenski uncovers an exciting story that mirrors changing Western attitudes toward the primitive. The Beauty of the Primitive explores how shamanism, an obscure word introduced by the eighteenth-century German explorers of Siberia, entered Western humanities and social sciences, and has now become a powerful idiom used by nature and pagan communities to situate their spiritual quests and anti-modernity sentiments. The major characters of The Beauty of the Primitive are past and present Western scholars, writers, explorers, and spiritual seekers with a variety of views on shamanism. Moving from Enlightenment and Romantic writers and Russian exile ethnographers to the anthropology of Franz Boas to Mircea Eliade and Carlos Castaneda, Znamenski details how the shamanism idiom was gradually transplanted from Siberia to the Native American scene and beyond. He also looks into the circumstances that prompted scholars and writers at first to marginalize shamanism as a mental disorder and then to recast it as high spiritual wisdom in the 1960s and the 1970s. Linking the growing interest in shamanism to the rise of anti-modernism in Western culture and intellectual life, Znamenski examines the role that anthropology, psychology, environmentalism, and Native Americana have played in the emergence of neo-shamanism. He discusses the sources that inspire Western neo-shamans and seeks to explain why lately many of these spiritual seekers have increasingly moved away from non-Western tradition to European folklore. A work of intellectual discovery, The Beauty of the Primitive shows how scholars, writers, and spiritual seekers shape their writings and experiences to suit contemporary cultural, ideological, and spiritual needs. With its interdisciplinary approach and engaging style, it promises to be the definitive account of this neglected strand of intellectual history.

Der Weg des Schamanen

Das praktische Grundlagenwerk zum Schamanismus

Author: Michael Harner

Publisher: Ansata

ISBN: 3641071933

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

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Dieses berühmte, zeitlose Grundlagenwerk von Michael Harner enthält alle wichtigen Informationen über den Schamanismus und seine praktische Anwendung. Der Autor versteht es dabei meisterhaft, dem westlichen Leser die jahrtausendealten Heiltechniken verschiedener schamanischer Kulturen ebenso spannend wie verständlich nahe zu bringen. Er erklärt, was Schamanismus bedeutet und beschreibt ausführlich die Methoden, mit denen jeder in einen Bewusstseinszustand gelangen kann, der in eine andere Wirklichkeit führt. Ein praktischer Weg, gerade für den modernen Menschen, um die eigene Schamanenkraft zu entdecken und diese für ein bewusstes, gesundes und glückliches Leben zu nutzen.

Shamans of the Foye Tree

Gender, Power, and Healing Among Chilean Mapuche

Author: Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 321

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Drawing on anthropologist Ana Mariella Bacigalupo's fifteen years of field research, Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, Power, and Healing among Chilean Mapuche is the first study to follow shamans' gender identities and performance in a variety of ritual, social, sexual, and political contexts. To Mapuche shamans, or machi, the foye tree is of special importance, not only for its medicinal qualities but also because of its hermaphroditic flowers, which reflect the gender-shifting components of machi healing practices. Framed by the cultural constructions of gender and identity, Bacigalupo's fascinating findings span the ways in which the Chilean state stigmatizes the machi as witches and sexual deviants; how shamans use paradoxical discourses about gender to legitimatize themselves as healers and, at the same time, as modern men and women; the tree's political use as a symbol of resistance to national ideologies; and other components of these rich traditions. The first comprehensive study on Mapuche shamans' gendered practices, Shamans of the Foye Tree offers new perspectives on this crucial intersection of spiritual, social, and political power.

Shamans unbound

Author: International Society for Shamanistic Research. Conference,Kornélia Buday,Dávid Somfai Kara

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 271

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Das geheime Wissen der Schamanen

Wie wir uns selbst und andere mit Energiemedizin heilen können

Author: Alberto Villoldo

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641147026

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

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Die Inkas, eine der größten Zivilisationen des amerikanischen Kontinents, waren nicht nur berühmte Städtebauer, sondern besaßen auch ein außergewöhnliches Medizinsystem. Ihre Schamanen entwickelten vor mehr als 5000 Jahren eine Technik, Krankheiten mit Geist und Licht zu heilen. Alberto Villoldo studierte 25 Jahre lang die heilende Macht dieser energiemedizinischen Tradition. Aufbauend auf dem alten Heilsweg, stellte er ein praktikables Programm zusammen, das es ermöglicht, sich selbst und andere zu heilen und Krankheiten zu vermeiden. Kernstück seines Konzepts sind die lichtvollen Energiefelder, die den materiellen Körper umgeben und sich im Krankheitsfall verändern. Schritt für Schritt macht Villoldo den Leser mit den Techniken vertraut, die Aura zu sehen und das Energiefeld zu harmonisieren.

A new paradigm of spirituality and religion

contemporary shamanic practice in Scotland

Author: MaryCatherine Burgess

Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group

ISBN: N.A

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 216

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Taking the cross-cultural elements of shamanism and Daničle Hervieu-Léger's Model of 'Religion as a Chain of Memory' and applying them to her study of contemporary shamanic practice in Scotland, Burgess sheds light on the new paradigm of spirituality and

Encyclopedia of religion

Author: Lindsay Jones

Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 10735

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Among Library Journal's picks of the most important reference works of the millennium - with the Encyclopedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia - Mircea Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion won the American Library Associations' Dartmouth Medal in 1988 and is widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field. This second edition, which is intended to reflect both changes in academia and in the world since 1987, includes almost all of the 2,750 original entries - many heavily updated - as well as approximately 600 entirely new articles. Preserving the best of Eliade's cross-cultural approach, while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers. The result is an essential purchase for libraries of all kinds.

The Sky Has Fallen

The Connection Between Abuse in the Home and Societal Dysfunction Throughout the World

Author: Ann Meyer

Publisher: Morrighan House Pub

ISBN: 9780979273223

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 201

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Artist, mother and social worker Ann Meyer knows firsthand the impact addiction can have on families, and she writes of her own personal tragedy concerning her husband's wooing of their adolescent son with alcohol and marijuana after the untimely death of his brother.

Where God and Science Meet [Three Volumes] [3 Volumes]

How Brain and Evolutionary Studies Alter Our Understanding of Religion

Author: Patrick McNamara

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: 9780275987886

Category: Psychology

Page: 928

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Explains in clear terms the new findings and evidence fathered on the science of religion - neuroscience, evolutionary and cognitive science - featuring some of the most noted authorities in the new field of neurotheology.

Terra Soma

North American Proto-shamanic Philosophy and Body-mind Centering

Author: Margaret Ann Adamek

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 568

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All cultures develop and transmit practices of somatic conditioning that predispose its members to relate to and experience the world in particular ways. A pivotal distinction between Enlightenment- and shamanistically-influenced methods of knowledge production involves styles of embodiment based on metaphysical and epistemological assumptions about the nature of reality, mind, body, experience and relationship. The Enlightenment worldview claims a separation of mind and body; privileges vision over other senses; denies the trustworthiness of subjectivity; upholds rationality and language as the manifestations of the highest forms of consciousness; and values objectivity and detachment as the legitimate stances in knowledge production. By contrast shamanic paradigms claim a unity of body and mind; the centrality of moving, sensing and perceiving in knowing; the privileging of subjective and intersubjective; an integrative use of the senses in producing knowledge; and explicit acknowledgment of sacred, biological, and feminine dimensions of reality. Contemporary scholars in phenomenology, pragmatism, consciousness studies, corporeal feminism, and indigenous philosophy express a strong degree of conceptual complementarity around the nature of experience and relationship, yet propose methodologies remaining firmly rooted within dualistic styles of embodiment. Only a few call for innovations in methodologies that train sensory, perceptual, and movement capacities of knowers toward a more relational, experientially grounded stance of knowing---an embodied praxis that reflects the character of a shamanic metaphysics and epistemological claims of these philosophical schools. Body-Mind Centering RTM is a local knowledge system that alleviates this methodological impasse, offering innovations in how to explore direct, embodied experience using touch and movement to establish and explore subjective and intercorporeal dimensions of experience and relationship. In many critical respects, Body-Mind CenteringRTM reflects core features of shamanic ways of knowing and presents significant methodological breakthroughs for training sensory and perceptual feedback mechanisms integrating first, second, and third-person corporeal approaches to knowing. Developed outside the academic realm primarily by women, BMC(TM) makes radical advances that transforms scholarly praxis, upholds the legitimacy of shamanic systems of knowledge, reveals proto-shamanic methods of knowing emergent from American embodied experience, and articulates how the unique embodied location of women gives rise to significant new knowledge.

Sociological Abstracts

Author: Leo P. Chall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sociology

Page: N.A

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CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.

Animal and Shaman

Ancient Religions of Central Asia

Author: Julian Baldick

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780762321

Category: Altaic peoples

Page: 224

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Many of the religious practices of historical peoples, for example the Huns, Romans, Turks and Mongols derive from much older Asian traditions. The Huns, for example, practised divination through examining the bones of livestock, something which shares many affinities with the Inner Eurasian tradition of interpreting the future through studying the scorch marks on the burnt shoulder blades of sheep. This comparative study of pre-Christian and pre-Muslim religious practices of Central Asia focuses in particular on the role of animals and shamans, as well as different forms of worship and spirituality among various cultural groups: Inner Eurasia, Turks, Mongols, Tunguz and Manchus.

One Spirit Medizin

Die Praxis schamanischer Heilung

Author: Alberto Villoldo

Publisher: Arkana

ISBN: 3641175100

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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Heilgeheimnisse aus dem Regenwald und moderne Wissenschaft. Alberto Villoldo ist einer der bekanntesten und meistgelesenen Schamanen unserer Zeit. Als er eine niederschmetternde Diagnose bekommt – fünf verschiedene Arten von Hepatitis, toxische Bakterien im gesamten Körper und Parasiten im Gehirn – ist er dem Tode nah. Zum ersten Mal in seinem Leben steht er vor der Herausforderung, das Wissen, das er seit Jahrzehnten selbst lehrt, radikal an sich selbst anzuwenden. Mit Erfolg! Villoldo hat sich selbst geheilt – mit One Spirit Medizin, einer höchst wirksamen Synthese aus uralten schamanischen Methoden wie Fasten, Meditieren und Visionssuche und aktuellsten Erkenntnissen aus der modernen Wissenschaft. Diese umfassen das Entgiften von Körper und Geist durch Superfoods und Nahrungsergänzungsmittel, das Ausschalten der »Todesuhr« in unseren Zellen durch Beeinflussung der Mitochondrien, Energiearbeit zur Reparatur von Gehirn und Körper auf Quantenebene und eine revolutionäre Methode, in nur sechs Wochen einen grunderneuerten, vitalen und widerstandsfähigen Körper zu kreieren. Mit One Spirit Medizin gelingt Villoldo der lange überfällige Brückenschlag vom Jahrtausende alten schamanischen Erfahrungsschatz zu mordernsten medizinischen Erkenntnissen. Mit vielen Übungen und Rezepten.