First published in 1951, "Shamanism" soon 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 emigre--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, "Shamanism" will remain for
years to come the reference book of choice for those intrigued by
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