Shamans Through Time by Jeremy Narby
500 Years on the Path to Knowledge

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A survey of five hundred years of writings on the world's great shamans-the tricksters, sorcerers, conjurers, and healers who have fascinated observers for centuries.

This collection of essays traces Western civilization's struggle to interpret and understand the ancient knowledge of cultures that revere magic men and women-individuals with the power to summon spirits. These writings by priests, explorers, adventurers, natural historians, and anthropologists express the wonder of strangers in new worlds. Who were these extraordinary people, men who imitated the sounds of animals in the night, or drank tobacco juice through funnels, or wore collars filled with stinging ants?

Shamans Through Time is a rare chronicle of changing attitudes toward that which is strange and unfamiliar. With essays by such acclaimed thinkers as Claude LŽvi-Strauss, Black Elk, Carlos Castaneda, and Franz Boas, it provides an awesome glimpse into the incredible shamanic practices of cultures around the world. Bibliography. Index.
 

About Jeremy Narby

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Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist best known for his books The Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature. Jeremy Narby is the author of "The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge," Francis Huxley's books include "Affable Savages, The Invisibles, The Way of the Sacred, The Dragon," and "The Eye,
 
Published April 23, 2001 by Tarcher. 352 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In this excellent volume, anthropologists Narby (The Cosmic Serpent) and Huxley (Affable Savages) have collected observations about and interviews with shamans from more than 60 missionaries, botanists, anthropologists, ethnographers and psychologists spanning from 1535 to 2000.

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