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Shamanism

Rane Willerslev

in Soul Hunters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252165
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941007 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252165.003.0008
Shamanism

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This chapter discusses shamanism. It argues that shamanism among the Yukaghirs is to be understood as a broadly based activity practiced to various degrees by ordinary hunters, instead of being seen as “mysticism” under the control of a certain religious elite. Finally, the chapter compares the shaman with the hunter and shamans in bilateral and patrilineal societies, and then examines the decline of the “professional shamans.”

Keywords: shamanism; mysticism; religious elite; professional shamans; bilateral societies; patrilineal societies

Chapter.  9272 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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