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Shamanism and the Eighteenth Century

Flaherty, Gloria

 Flaherty concentrates on "the European encounter with various forms of shamanism" (p. xiv). The first part of the book contains four chapters on the European reception of shamanism, especially the scientists. Part Two consists of 5 chapters on "The Implications of Shamanism for the Arts in Europe." She concludes that in the 18th century interest in shamanism "became all-pervasive and extraordinarily intense" (p. 13). To Europeans shamanism seems to "epitomize a grand confluence of ageless human activities the world over" (p. 13). Flaherty concludes that unlike what some may think today, with the new age interest in shamanism, this is not new but a renewal of interest in a subject that she feels has "fascinated people since Western culture began" (pp. xiii-xiv).
Publisher Information:Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992. Bibl: 259-291; Chap. notes: 217-257; 24 illus; Ind: 293-320
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