By Merete Demant Jakobsen
Shamanism has regularly been of serious curiosity to anthropologists. extra lately it's been "discovered" via westerners, specially New Age fans. This ebook breaks new floor byexamining pristine shamanism in Greenland, between humans contacted past due via Western missionaries and settlers. at the foundation of fabric merely on hand in Danish, and provided herein English for the 1st time, the writer questions Mircea Eliade's recognized definition of the shaman because the grasp of ecstasy and means that his function should be visible as that of a grasp of spirits.
The ambivalent nature of the shaman and the spirit international within the tricky Arctic surroundings is then contrasted with the extra benign angle to shamanism within the New Age circulate. After providing descriptions in their companies and money owed through members, the writer significantly analyses the position of neo-shamanic classes and concludes that it really is uncertain to think about what isoffered as shamanism.