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:The Shamanic Process: Descent and Fiery Transformations

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226282060.003.0002
:The Shamanic Process: Descent and Fiery Transformations

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This chapter provides a definition of shamanism, and outlines the forms of movement from ordinary reality to altered reality, which are mythically described in terms of motion within imaginal geography. It also describes the shamanic transformation itself, which is often mythically imagined in terms related to fire, adopts the returning phase, and explores the ramifications of the return into social reality. The chapter then reviews the existing uses of the term “shamanism” in the study of Jewish mysticism. Soul retrieval is one of the major goals of travel into secret space. The examples that show the instances of soul retrieval in modern Jewish mysticism are reported. The nomian rite, accompanied by mystical intent, is a necessary prelude for the nocturnal anomian practice. It is interesting that descent into the underworld and fiery transformation hold some sway over the contemporary popular imagination.

Keywords: shamanism; imaginal geography; shamanic transformation; fire; Jewish mysticism; soul retrieval; fiery transformation; descent

Chapter.  11146 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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