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Title Ancient traditions : shamanism in central Asia and the Americas / Gary Seaman and Jane S. Day, editors.
Imprint Denver : Denver Museum of Natural History in cooperation with Ethnographics Press, Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California, 1994.

Subject Shamanism -- Congresses.
Alt Name Seaman, Gary, 1942-
Day, Jane Stevenson.
Denver Museum of Natural History.
Center for Visual Anthropology.
Description 1 online resource (x, 312 pages) : illustrations
Note Papers from a symposium held at the Denver Museum of Natural History, June 1989.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-299) and index.
Summary Shamanism is the world's oldest religion. The rituals and beliefs of this ancient tradition were carried from Asia and Siberia into the New World by nomadic hunting bands beginning 12,000 years ago. This unique collection of essays on shamanism in Central Asia and the Indian Americas provides sound and engaging scholarship that reflects the great diversity in this fascinating field. Over the centuries, shamanism has endured as an abiding topic of interest not only because of a human concern with the past, but also because of a common yearning to acknowledge life lived in closer symbolic relationship to earth cycles. For the reader interested in indigenous cultures and religions, this collection of essays clarifies much of the New Age speculation on universals in shamanism by bringing studies of different ethnic and historical expressions to bear on the subject.
Contents Introduction : an overview of Shamanism / Peter T. Furst -- The attributes and power of the Shaman : a general description of the ecstatic care of the soul / Lawrence E. Sullivan -- The cultural significance of tobacco use in South America / Johannes Wilbert -- Shaminism in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala / Robert S. Carlsen and Martin Prechtel -- "The Mara'akame does and undoes" : persistence and change in Huichol Shamanism / Peter T. Furst -- The dark emperor : central Asian origins in Chinese Shamanism / Gary Seaman -- Shamans in traditional Tuvinian society / Vera P. Diakonova -- The Shaman costume : image and myth / Larisa R. Pavlinskaya -- The horse in Yakut Shaminism / Vladimir Diachenko -- Texts of Shamanistic invocations from Central Asia and Kazakhstan / Vladimir N. Basilov.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585003963 (electronic bk.)
9780585003962 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 42328644
Additional Format Print version: Ancient traditions. Denver : Denver Museum of Natural History in cooperation with Ethnographics Press, Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California, 1994 0870813420 (DLC) 93047593 (OCoLC)29638413
Table of Contents
 Contributors 
 Preface / Jane Stevenson Day 
1Introduction: An Overview of Shamanism / Peter T. Furst1
2The Attributes and Power of the Shaman: A General Description of the Ecstatic Care of the Soul / Lawrence E. Sullivan29
3The Cultural Significance of Tobacco Use in South America / Johannes Wilbert47
4Walking on Two Legs: Shamanism in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala / Robert S. Carlsen, Martin Prechtel77
5"The Marakame Does and Undoes": Persistence and Change in Huichol Shamanism / Peter T. Furst113
6Peyote Religion / Omer C. Stewart179
7From Shaman to Medicine Man: Transformations of Shamanic Roles and Styles in the Upper Great Lakes Region / James A. Clifton187
8Shamanism in the Columbia-Fraser Plateau Region / Robert J. Theodoratus211
9The Dark Emperor: Central Asian Origins in Chinese Shamanism / Gary Seaman227
10Shamans in Traditional Tuvinian Society / Vera P. Diakonova245
11The Shaman Costume: Image and Myth / Larisa R. Pavlinskaya257
12The Horse in Yakut Shamanism / Vladimir Diachenko265
13Texts of Shamanistic Invocations From Central Asia and Kazakhstan / Vladimir N. Basilov273
 Appendix: Bibliography of Publications in Conjunction with the Museum Exhibition "Nomads: Masters of the Eurasian Steppes" / Gary Seaman293
 Index301


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