By Gary Seaman, Jane S. Day
Shamanism is the world's oldest faith. The rituals and ideology of this old culture have been carried from Asia and Siberia into the recent international through nomadic searching bands starting 12,000 years in the past. This specified number of essays on shamanism in primary Asia and the Indian Americas offers sound and interesting scholarship that displays the good variety during this interesting box. First released in 1994, "Ancient Traditions" has turn into an essential, often pointed out reference within the ongoing research of old religions. Over the centuries, shamanism has persisted as an abiding subject of curiosity not just as a result of a human trouble with the earlier but in addition as a result of a standard craving to recognize existence lived in nearer symbolic dating to the earth. For readers drawn to indigenous cultures and religions, this selection of essays clarifies a lot of the recent Age hypothesis on universals in shamanism, providing strong examine on particular ethnic and old expressions.
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Johannes Wilbert Emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1553. Page ix Page ix Preface This volume is the result of a symposium held at the Denver Museum of Natural History in summer 1989, in association with the exhibition "Nomads: Masters of the Eurasian Steppe," which drew thousands of visitors to the museum. This brilliant, colorful exhibition from the great museums of the former Soviet Union focused on the cultures of nomadic tribes that once dominated the open steppe lands of Central Asia.
As Balick has warned, "The 1990s may be the last chance to preserve what native healers know about the rain forest. We're in danger of losing this knowledge in the next generation. There's already been tremendous loss" (June 11, 1991, New York Times, C1, C6). Indeed there has. Many shamans are old, and they die without having passed their knowledge on to their disciples. There are a few bright spots, however. Conservation International is sponsoring a shaman's apprentice program under which the Indian people select individuals to be trained by experienced shamans.
Like the Siberian shaman, the Mexican counterpartor, rather, his or her spirittraveled to dangerous places to recover a client's soul or sucked the pathogen from the patient's body. And, as noted previously, the early sources describe an entire series of intoxicating, or hallucinogenic, plants by means of which priests, diviners, and curers, or "doctors," sought contact with the spirit world and which they invested with sacred and magical powers or to which they even ascribed divinity. Ruíz de Alarcon complained bitterly that his Aztec-speaking charges in Guerrero revered ololiuhqui, the psychotropic seeds of the morning glory, as a deity and had a greater fear of offending it than of the punishment of the clergy.