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Author: Francis Landy

My object in this essay is to examine the relationship between the biblical prophets and prophetic poetry with what Pieter Craffert calls the pan-Mediterranean “shamanic complex.” 1 I see the biblical prophets as a particular instantiation of this complex. I treat shamanism as a universal

In: Religion and Theology
Author: Martti Nissinen

sense be compared with shamans who, like prophets, may appear as diviners and magicians and whose activity often takes a ritual form. The whole cluster of articles investigates into the interface of divination, magic, and ritual with the objective of bringing conceptual clarity to the study of different

In: Vetus Testamentum
Author: Devin DeWeese

argue is a mostly 20th-century interpretative development with far-reaching ramifications for our understanding of religious life past and present. From Sufi Rites to Shamanism Let us turn first to that 20th-century interpretative development; it is what the title of this essay alludes to. The

In: Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
Author: Anna Balikci
This careful study of the co-existence over time of Buddhism and shamanism among the Lhopo (Bhutia) people of Sikkim sheds new light on their supposedly hostile relationship. It examines the working relationships between Buddhist lamas and practitioners of bon, taking into consideration the sacred history of the land as well as its more recent political and economic transformation. Their interactions are presented in terms of the contexts in which lamas and shamans meet, these being rituals of the sacred land, of the individual and household, and of village and state. Village lamas and shamans are shown to share a conceptual view of reality which is at the base of their amiable coexistence. In contrast to the hostility which, the recent literature suggests, characterizes the lama-shaman relationship, their association reveals that the real confrontation occurs when village Buddhism is challenged by its conventional counterpart.

1 Introduction The study of shamanism is, despite definitional problems and sceptical voices, growing rapidly in many areas and remain remarkably resilient in numerous academic disciplines, including anthropology, religious studies, archaeology (in particular rock-art history

In: Religion and Theology
Author: Thomas Michael

The question of shamanism is a vexed one in the modern academy, and hard to ignore. If it does not haunt our groping explorations into the archaic past of the origins of human civilization, then it certainly impinges on how we understand certain local forms of resistance against the

In: Numen
Author: Feng Qu

K. C. Chang (张光直) popularized the hypothesis of ancient Chinese shamanism in the 1980s. In his approach, the Neolithic presentational images found in the Yangshao 仰韶, Longshan 龙山, and Liangzhu 良渚 cultures and the animal masks cast on bronze ritual wares of the Shang period are seen as depicting

In: Numen
Author: Homayun Sidky

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/094330510X12604383550963 Method and Th eory in the Study of Religion 22 (2010) 68-92 brill.nl/mtsr M E T H O D T H E O R Y in the S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & On the Antiquity of Shamanism and its Role in Human Religiosity 1 Homayun Sidky

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion

1. European Encounters with Shamanism Shamanism is a recurring topic in European philosophical, religious, and historical discourse since the seventeenth century. When explorers, traders, and missionaries published their reports from travels through Asia and North America, an interested

In: Journal of Religion in Europe
This book offers an in-depth insight into post-socialist rural shamans in Mongolia thereby making a rare but important contribution to the ethnography of both Inner Asia and Southern Siberia. It examines the social making of shamans, in particular those of the Shishget depression of the northernmost borders of Mongolia. By analysing practices, discourses and performances in local and national arenas, the author traces the social constitution of the shamans’ inspirational power, examines the shamans’ performance of power during the seance, discusses the economy of reputation of successful shamans and scrutinizes their legitimizing practices. The study will be welcomed by students of social/cultural anthropology and religious studies with a particular interest in shamanism or ritual studies.