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I use the term 'shamanic' as a general term for a category of practices found in
differing degrees in almost all human societies. This category of practices may be
briefly described as the regulation and transformation of human life and human ...
responsibly. For those of us who live in societies where the powers of a shaman
seem fantastic or illusory, it may take an effort of the imagination to see why these
matters should have been so signif1cant for Ansa or for his Tibetan supporters.
Shamans and diviners in shamanic societies are not simply concerned with
manipulating powers. They are also entrusted by society with maintaining the
balance between the powers. Judith Gleason puts this well in her book on the
cult of the ...
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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