:Theory of Shamanism, Trance, and Modern Kabbalah

in Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780226282077
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226282060 | DOI:
:Theory of Shamanism, Trance, and Modern Kabbalah

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This chapter introduces the theory of shamanism, trance, and modern Kabbalah, also demonstrating how it continues existing trajectories in Kabbalah scholarship and how it seeks to renew them. Furthermore, the reduction of the effect of the common binary distinction between possession and other forms of trance is suggested. The chapter addresses the groundbreaking work of the founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, Milton Erickson (1901–80). Erickson gave importance to shaking loose the hold of the surface layers of consciousness in order to enable communication on deeper levels. The several comments on the place of shamanic trance in the wider economy of modern religiosity are then explored. The modernization of Kabbalah included a process of the construction of the national body, or somaticization of the imagined national community.

Keywords: shamanism; shamanic trance; modern Kabbalah; Milton Erickson; consciousness; modern religiosity; modernization

Chapter.  7925 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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