Encyclopedia of Native American Shamanism


Historically, Native American peoples believed that life was to be lived in a sacred manner. There were ceremonies for nearly every act of life, and they formed the very basis of Native American religious practice. Focusing on medicine or sacred ceremonies conducted through the shamans, this volume covers North American Native American ceremonies, including Canadian, Eskimo, and Hawaiian cultures. Entries include: the names and results of medicine ceremonies; renowned shamans; techniques used by shamans to acquire and control the power of sacred ceremonies; cross-cultural symbolic motifs; plants and sacred paraphernalia associated with ceremonies; and recurring themes that structure the ceremonies. This work should appeal to students of anthropology, psychology, Native American studies, comparative religion, social welfare, and sociology.

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