Colorful, illustrated introduction to world of the shaman.
Sections on initiation, healing methods, and shamanic mental states
and use of plants. Sources, bibliography, index. Great color photos!
"A shaman from Nepal met a Westerner who remarked how good it
must be to live in harmony with the cosmos. The shaman replied, 'The
main part of my job is killing witches and sorcerers.'"
Anthropologist Piers Vitebsky gives us a balanced account of shamans
and shamanic practices from Siberia to the Amazon rain forest that
takes into account every facet of a mysterious and increasingly
popular religious phenomenon. Field-work anecdotes combined with
hundreds of full-color photographs draw the reader into a complex
essentialist world which, though it may be following primitive
societies into extinction, seems to still manifest itself in many
aspects of modern man's religion, literature, and psyche. Extensive
bibliography includes a list of new shamanic movements. - Amazon