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The Resource Shamans/neo-Shamans : ecstasy, alternative archaeologies, and contemporary pagans, Robert J. Wallis

Shamans/neo-Shamans : ecstasy, alternative archaeologies, and contemporary pagans, Robert J. Wallis

Label
Shamans/neo-Shamans : ecstasy, alternative archaeologies, and contemporary pagans
Title
Shamans/neo-Shamans
Title remainder
ecstasy, alternative archaeologies, and contemporary pagans
Statement of responsibility
Robert J. Wallis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Shamans and shamanisms are in vogue at present. In popular culture, such diverse characters as occultist Aleister Crowley, Doors musician Jim Morrison and performance artist Joseph Beuys have been termed shamans. The anthropological construct 'shamanism', on the other hand, has associations with sorcery, witchcraft and healing, and archaeologists have suggested the meaning of prehistoric cave art lies with shamans and altered consciousness. Robert J. Wallis explores the interface between 'new' (modern western), indigenous and prehistoric shamans, and assesses the implications for archaeologists, anthropologists, indigenous communities, heritage managers, and neo-Shamanic practitioners. Identifying key figures in neo-Shamanisms, including Mircea Eliade, Carlos Castaneda and Michael Harner, Wallis assesses the way in which 'traditional' practices have been transformed into 'western' ones, such as Castaneda's Don Juan teachings and Harner's core shamanism. The book draws on interviews and self-reflective insider ethnography with a variety of practitioners, particularly contemporary pagans in Britain and north America from druid and heathen traditions, to elucidate what shamans do.; Wallis looks at historical and archaeological sources to elucidate whether 'Celtic' and 'northern' shamanism may have existed; he explores contemporary pagan engagements with prehistoric sacred sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury, and discusses the controversial use by neo-Shamans of indigenous (particularly native American) shamanism. Rather than discuss neo-Shamans as inauthentic, invalid culture-stealers, Wallis offers a more detailed and complex appraisal. He makes it clear that scholars must be prepared to give up some of their hold over knowledge, and not only be aware of these neo-Shamanic approaches but also engage in a serious dialogue with such 'alternative' histories
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Wallis, Robert J
Dewey number
291.1/44
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Shamanism
  • New Age movement
Label
Shamans/neo-Shamans : ecstasy, alternative archaeologies, and contemporary pagans, Robert J. Wallis
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-293) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
1. "White shamans" : sources for neo-shamanisms -- 2. Plastic medicine men? : appraising the "great pretenders" -- 3. Taliesin's trip, Wyrd Woden : druid and heathen neo-shamans -- 4. "Celtic" and "northern" shamanisms? : contesting the past -- 5. "Sacred" sites? : neo-shamans and prehistoric heritage -- 6. Waking Neolithic ancestors : further controversies and "reburial" -- 7. Invading Anthros, thieving Archos, wannabe Indians : academics, neo-shamans and indigenous communities -- 8. Conclusion : neo-shamanisms in post-modernity
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ocm53886792
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 306 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780415302029
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unknown
Note
Taylor & Francis
Other control number
9780203417577
Other physical details
illustrations
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)53886792
Label
Shamans/neo-Shamans : ecstasy, alternative archaeologies, and contemporary pagans, Robert J. Wallis
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-293) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
1. "White shamans" : sources for neo-shamanisms -- 2. Plastic medicine men? : appraising the "great pretenders" -- 3. Taliesin's trip, Wyrd Woden : druid and heathen neo-shamans -- 4. "Celtic" and "northern" shamanisms? : contesting the past -- 5. "Sacred" sites? : neo-shamans and prehistoric heritage -- 6. Waking Neolithic ancestors : further controversies and "reburial" -- 7. Invading Anthros, thieving Archos, wannabe Indians : academics, neo-shamans and indigenous communities -- 8. Conclusion : neo-shamanisms in post-modernity
Control code
ocm53886792
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xviii, 306 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780415302029
Level of compression
unknown
Note
Taylor & Francis
Other control number
9780203417577
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)53886792

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