Neo-shamanism

Scuro, Juan, and Rodd, Robin (2015) Neo-shamanism. In: Gooren, Henri, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions. Religions of the World . Springer, pp. 1-6.

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Abstract

Neoshamanism is a set of discourses and practices involving the integration of indigenous (especially American) shamanic and psychotherapeutic techniques by people from urban, Western contexts. It has emerged, like other New Age modes of spirituality, in opposition to the materialism and positivism of European modernity and presents as central the idea of reconnecting panindigenous ancestral knowledge that people of the West had purportedly forgotten. It results in large measure from the circulation of literature on shamanism, altered states of consciousness (often, but not always, involving the use of psychoactive drugs), and the possibility of generating new psychotherapeutic modalities.

Item ID: 40768
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: shamanism, spirituality, New Age, new therapeutic techniques
Date Deposited: 27 May 2016 01:49
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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