The World of Shamanism

The World of Shamanism

The World of Shamanism
New Views of an Ancient Tradition

by Roger Walsh. Published by Llewellyn Press.

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Fascinating, comprehensive, and eminently readable, this guide explores shamanism—the world’s most enduring healing and religious tradition—in the light of modern medicine, psychology, neuroscience, consciousness disciplines, and religious studies.

Table of Contents


Shamanism Revisited

New Worlds of Shamanism

“As if on cue, just when I am beginning to think that shamanism is the ground from which all religions spring, along comes this book.  I cannot imagine a book that would be more helpful to me in thinking through this important subject.”
—Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions

“…Unquestionably the most rounded compact introduction to shamanism, particularly the inner world of shamans, available today. A door-opening book for students of consciousness and spirituality.”
—Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D., M.Litt, author of The Yoga Tradition

“A splendidly clear and timely survey of shamanism.”
—Jean Achterberg, Ph.D., author of Imagery in Healing

“Quite simply, this book is a major step forward in understanding the vital phenomenon of shamanism. I recommend it highly.”
—Charles Tart, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California at Davis, author of States of Consciousness

Praise for The Spirit of Shamanism on which parts of The World of Shamanism is based.

“A wonderful lucid, engrossing guide to shaman’s practices and beliefs.”

—Publishers Weekly

“This definitive work on healing is invaluable for anyone interested in the spiritual path. Ministers, practitioners, spiritual counselors, healers, and the lay reader will all find Walsh’s concepts not only inspirational, but consciousness expanding as well. An excellent book.”

—Science of Mind

“An incredibly vast and complex subject has been explained with impeccable clarity. A psychological analysis of shamanism is long overdue. Dr. Walsh has accomplished this task very successfully, indeed in a masterly way.”

—Corrado Pensa, Professor of Philosophy and Religions of India, University of Rome

“Easily readable, this book will be enlightening for anyone wanting more information on this ancient art.”

—ALA Booklist

“A well-considered guide to the history of shamanism. Walsh offers solid guidance to mental-health professionals and laypeople interested in these ancient shortcuts to altered consciousness.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Rarely does a book impact mainstream thinking and multiple academic disciplines at the same time…[this] is such a book!”

—Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., anthropologist

“An interesting and comprehensive review of knowledge about shamanism from ancient times to the present.”

—Donald F. Sandner, M.D., author of Navaho Symbols of Healing

“I know of no other work that brings together the full range of anthropological, psychological, and psychiatric literature on this vital subject. The Spirit of Shamanism does so with openness and sensitivity, and is still scholarly and clear.”

—Christie W. Kiefer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California
at San Francisco