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A powerful collection of essays from authors such as Mircea Eliade, Joan Halifax, Stanley Krippner, Brooke Medicine Eagle, Serge King, and Michael Harner on the mystifying phenomenon of shamanism around the world---what it is, how it works and why.
Paperback, 318 pages
Published May 1st 1987 by Quest Books
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Dec 11, 2012 Tom rated it liked it
I have found this collection of essays to be a little hit-and-miss. I was hoping for more ethnographic data, and for those essays dealing with the theoretical side of shamanism to be written with more of an eye for the critical reader.

Having said that, I really enjoyed some of the essays, for example symbols of transformation, which brings together information about yoga, alchemy and shamanism, plus also a little from psychotherapy, and finds patterns in the resultant synthesis. These patterns
I read this as research for one of my manuscripts, and while I did get a few good ideas and some new information out of it, I can't help wishing that there had been more anthropological examples instead of the philosophical. I really wanted a more concise list of the different shamanistic cultures and their practices.

Serge King's essay The Way of the Adventurer was the most interesting and enlightening for me.
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This book was recommended to me several years ago, by one of my shamanic teachers. while already well past the novice stage of my learning, I still found a lot of valuable information here. It is an excellent "primer," while also filling in gaps and fleshing out information that will benefit even more advanced students and learners.
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