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Here, so as to make my account more comprehensible to readers less oriented
towards questions of anthropological theory, I have chosen to use a more familiar
term, 'cultural patterns.' I should make it clear, however, that the term 'cultural ...
Social change involves change in the cultural patterns, and it is not assumed that
this change is always driven either by changes at the material level or by
changes at the level of consciousness. The two always go along with each other.
I have argued elsewhere that the 'gods' and 'spirits' found in cultures with
shamanic religious patterns may be understood as symbolic markers for the
various patterns within a culture (modal states in Samuel 1990; see also
Chapters 1 5 and ...
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Samuel wrote Civilized Shamans for an anthropological audience, but the book has become a key text for students of Tibet’s history and religion. He proposes that shamanic influence is greater in ... Read full review
Civilized Shamans: Buddhism in Tibetan SocietiesUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Everything about this book on the political and religious history of Tibet is big. A 150-page discussion on the socio-economic developments in Tibet serves as an introduction; the major discussion on ... Read full review
Shamanic and Clerical Buddhism
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Buddhism in Contemporary Tibet: Religious Revival and Cultural Identity
Andrew L. Christenson
No preview available - 1998