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Week Four: A Brief Introduction to Shamanism and Traditional Healing of Illness: The Systematic Relationship Between World Views and Causes/Treatment of Illness Material for this lecture has been taken from several sources. 1 Intro: Shamans and shamanism -The term, “shaman,” comes from Siberian group (the Evenks), and means “one who is excited or moved” -shaman: an ‘inspired priest;’ a part-time religious specialist believed to be chosen by (or who seeks out) spirits, who functions as an intermediary between the world of spirits and human beings, and performs healing rituals. -have three fundamental attributes -take journeys in an altered state of consciousness -to accomplish tasks: diagnose illness, heal, “see” or gain information -gather power and information from nature (animals, plants, spirits); -altruistic: journey on behalf of others; gain power or info for self (to use for others) -kinds of alternate realities -Upper Worlds: open, light, ethereal, “heavenly” -Middle Worlds: all places and times on earth and in material universe (inc. sky, stars) -Lower Worlds: subterranean; more closed in; darker; earthy; damp (ex: rainforest) -some: envisioned inside of human body -metaphor of body as microcosm of universe -journey activated in many ways (listed in full later in these notes) -gender: often males; but can be women in some cultures Reading from The Way of the Shaman (Michael Harner 1980) -many ways to interpret and study shamanism -imagination: creates different reality in the mind, while all vital energies remain in body -ex: visualization; guided imagery -projection of the mind out of the body to other realities -travel of the soul (or part of soul) to other realities -in anthro lit: called “magical flight” or “shamanic ecstacy” (term coined by Mercea Eliade) Role of the shaman: Level of the individual -healer: -journey to diagnose illness -recover patient’s lost guardian power animal -recover patient’s lost soul -diviner: journey for information to help client (make decision; find lost object, etc.) Role of the shaman: Level of society -diviner, political leader, war leader -helps resolve disputes between people, solve social problems -philosopher -knowledge of perennial wisdom -connectedness of everything -what happens at death: journey to Land of Dead 1 David Hicks, ed. 2002. Ritual and Belief: Readings in the Anthropology of Religion . Lectures by Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerson. Robert Desjarlais. 1992. Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas . 1
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Week Four: A Brief Introduction to Shamanism and Traditional Healing of Illness: The Systematic Relationship Between World Views and Causes/Treatment of Illness -alternate realities -nature of time and space -keeper of cultural mythology -journey to mythological times -or time of creation Role of the shaman: Level of ecosystem
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ASB 353 taught by Professor Repp during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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