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Shaman : Patterns of Religious Healing Among the Ojibway Indian (83 Edition)

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Tribal peoples believe that the shaman experiences, absorbs, and communicates a special mode of power, sustaining and healing. This book discusses American Indian shamanic traditions, particularly those of the Woodland Ojibway, in terms drawn from the classical shamanism of Siberian peoples. Using a cultural-historical method, John A. Grim describes the spiritual formation of shamans, male and female, and elucidates the special religious experience that they transmit to their tribes.

Writing as a historian of religion well acquainted with ethnological materials, Grim identifies four patterns in the shamanic experience: cosmology, tribal sanction, ritual reenactment, and trance experience. Relating those concepts to the Siberian and Ojibway experiences, he draws on mythology, sociology, anthropology, and psychology to paint a picture of shamanism that is both particularized and interpretative.

As religious personalities, shamans are important today because of their singular ability to express symbolically the forces that animate the tribal cosmology. Often identifying themselves with primordial earth processes, shamans develop symbol systems drawn from the archetypal earth images that are vital to their psychic healing technique. This particular ability to resonate with the natural world is felt as an important need in our time.

 Those readers who identify with American Indians as they confront modern technological society will value this introduction to our native shamanic traditions and to the religious experience itself. The author's discussion of Ojibway practices is the most comprehensive short treatment available, written with a fine poetic feeling that reflects the literary expressiveness inherent in American Indian religion and thought.

About the Author

John A. Grim holds the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Fordham University, Bronx, New York; and the B.A. from Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion, Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers, New York. He has written several articles on shamans and American Indian philosophy and has traveled extensively in east and southeast Asia researching shamanism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806121062
Author:
Grim, John A.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Location:
Norman :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Native American Studies - Spirituality
Subject:
Shamanism
Subject:
Indiens
Subject:
Ojibwa Indians
Subject:
Indian mythology
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Rites and ceremonies.
Subject:
Chamanisme
Subject:
Ojibwa
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Spirituality
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Christianity-Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Civilization of the American Indian Series
Series Volume:
165
Publication Date:
19880331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 bandw illus., 3 figures, 2 maps
Pages:
274
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 0.7 in 0.77 lb

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