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THE WORLD OF SHAMANISM
New Views of an Ancient Tradition

Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I

Who, Why, Where, When and What Is a Shaman?

Chapter 1 Why Shamanism and Why Now?

Chapter 2 Why the World of Shamanism?

Chapter 3 What is a Shaman? The Challenge of Definition

Chapter 4 The When and Where of Shamanism: Origins and Distribution

PART II

The Big Picture

Chapter 5 Essential Spirituality: Central Principles and Practices of Spiritual Life

Chapter 6 What is a Hero? Life’s Aims and Games

PART III

The Life of the Shaman

Chapter 7 Times of Trial: The Initial Call and the Initiation Crisis

Chapter 8 A Life of Learning: Shamanic Training and Discipline

Chapter 9 The Culmination of the Quest: Shamanic Enlightenment

Chapter 10 The Culmination of the Quest: Death and Rebirth

PART IV

Diagnosing the Shaman

Chapter 11 Devil, Madman, Saint or Sage: The Eye of the Beholder

Chapter 12 Primitive Madmen: Assessing Traditional Views Of Shamans as Psychologically Disturbed

Chapter 13 Putting Shamans to the Test: Measuring Personality and Spiritual Mastery

Chapter 14 Spiritual Emergency and Spiritual Emergence? New Views of Shaman’s Health

Chapter 15 Shamanic Trickery: The Tricks of the Trade

PART V

The Shaman’s Universe

Chapter 16 Many Worlds

Chapter 17 Many Spirits

Chapter 18 Mediums: Channels for the Spirits?

Chapter 19 What is a “Spirit?”

Chapter 20 Cosmic Traveling: The Shamanic Journey

Chapter 21 A World of Ecstatics: Journeys in Other Religious Traditions

Chapter 22 The Varieties of Journey Experiences: Dream, Out-of-Body, Near-Death, and Abduction Experiences

Chapter 23 Interpreting and Researching Journeys

PART VI

Shamanic Techniques

Chapter 24 The Politics of Consciousness

Chapter 25 Transforming Consciousness: Contemporary Understandings and Shamanic Methods

Chapter 26 Psychedelics and Entheogens: Revealers of the Divine Within?

Chapter 27 Divination and Diagnosis

Chapter 28 How Do They Heal?

Chapter 29 Healing the Healer: How Do They Heal Themselves?

Chapter 30 Shamans and Psi: What Is the Evidence?

Part VII

The Shaman’s Mind

Chapter 31 Shamanic States of Mind

Chapter 32 Comparing States of Mind: Shamans, Yogis, Meditators, and Schizophrenics

Chapter 33 How High Do they Fly? Levels of Consciousness

Chapter 34 The Evolution of Consciousness

Chapter 35 The Shaman’s Brain: Neurotheology and Neuromythology

Chapter 36 Shamanism(s) in a Changing World

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