The Performance of Healing

Carol Laderman

in Taming the Wind of Desire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1991 | ISBN: 9780520069169
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520913707 | DOI:
The Performance of Healing

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This chapter considers the performance aspects of the shaman's séance, discussing its dramatic form, music, movement, and props. It suggests that the healing effects of ritual, whether on a psychological or neurobiological level, take place within the context of a meaningful drama which engages the patient's mind, body, emotions, and, one might add, soul.

Keywords: shaman; séance; music; movement; ritual

Chapter.  10885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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