Shamans: Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination

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A&C Black, Aug 1, 2007 - History - 220 pages

With their ability to enter trances, to change into the bodies of other creatures, and to fly through the northern skies, shamans are the subject of both popular and scholarly fascination. In Shamans: Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination Ronald Hutton looks at what is really known about both the shamans of Siberia and about others spread throughout the world. He traces the growth of knowledge of shamans in Imperial and Stalinist Russia, descibes local variations and different types of shamanism, and explores more recent western influences on its history and modern practice. This is a challenging book by one of the world's leading authorities on Paganism.

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User Review  - Anelie - LibraryThing

Comprehensive, balanced and fascinating history of the Western interest in Siberian shamanic practices. If you've read Eliade, you must read this. Read full review

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User Review  - gercmbyrne - LibraryThing

For all those calling themselves Shamans, this should be required reading. The truth behind the term "shaman" is at once more complex and simpler than modern usupers allow. Hutton challenges the idea ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at the University of Bristol. As well as several major works on the British Civil War and seventeenth century history he is also the author of the Stations of the Sun, The Triumph of the Moon (Oxford University Press), Shamans and Witches, Druids and King Arthur (Hambledon/Continuum).

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