|THE WORLD OF SHAMANISM
New Views of an Ancient Tradition
Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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