What is Shamanism? is the product of a collaboration between eleven leading Shaman authors and practitioners each tasked with the discussion of a particular central aspect or theme. The result serves as both an excellent introduction to anyone coming to Shamanism for the first time and a stimulating read for the more experienced Shaman interested in engaging with contemporary thinking and debate.
Edited by Trevor Greenfield, What is Shamanism? features essays from Dorothy Abrams, Elen Sentier, Hearth Moon Rising, Imelda Almqvist, Julie Dollman, Janet Gale, Jez Hughes, Kenn Day, Laura Perry, S. Kelley Harrell and Taz Thornton.
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What is Shamanism? is a collection of essays by shamanic practitioners from a wide range of traditions. The contributors are Dorothy Abrams, Elen Sentier, Hearth Moon Rising, Imelda Almqvist, Julie Dollman, Janet Gale, Jez Hughes, Kenn Day, Laura Perry, S. Kelley Harrell and Taz Thornton.
I've read and enjoyed books by many of these authors in the past, but I was really impressed with how much information each of them had crammed into their short essay for this book. It offers everything from an overview of the different traditions of shamanism to in-depth look at various techniques.
Editor Trevor Greenfield describes the book on publisher Moon Books' website: What is Shamanism? is the product of a collaboration between eleven leading Shaman authors and practitioners each tasked with the discussion of a particular central aspect or theme. The result serves as both an excellent introduction to anyone coming to Shamanism for the first time and a stimulating read for the more experienced Shaman interested in engaging with contemporary thinking and debate.
I saw a discussion about the picture for the front cover before the book went to press. The tricky bit was finding common ground between all the various paths that could be summed up in a single image. The close-up of the skin of a drum is what was eventually chosen and I think it is perfect. Just looking at it makes me want to pick up my own drum and try out some of the things discussed inside the book.
~ A Bad Witch's Blog
An excellent book that draws together a variety of information from well established experts in the form of short essays. The author has chosen a wide range of subjects in the area of shamanism and it is a brilliant starting point. It is also good for anyone who already has some knowledge on the subject as it helps them to define which area they want to explore next. I thought it was interesting that exploring shamanism in your own area and culture was highlighted. A great book that made me want to start exploring this area again. Well balanced and well edited. I also liked all the information about the individual authors at the end. Thank you ~ JC Cross, NetGalley
Enjoyable information on modern day Shamanism. Told from multiple view points,which was one of it's highlights. Got lots of usable tools, and found some new references that will be helpful. ~ Margaret Holmes, NetGalley
This book is perfect if you are beginner and want to have an overview. Recommended! ~ Anna Maria Giacomasso , NetGalley
A wide-ranging collection of essays that will be of interest to core shamans and others who want an overview of this new psychological approach to healing which, as some of the authors note, has made a huge impact on the western imagination in just the last 30 years or so of its existence. ~ Ross Heaven, author of Medicine for the Soul and Hummingbird's Journey to God
Shamanism has often been seen as a complicated practise. This council of experts in the shamanic field point the reader towards a clear understanding of this beloved earth centred tradition, whilst sharing their wisdom, experiences and wealth of knowledge. A must-read for anyone who is serious about enriching their lives on many levels. ~ Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, The Highland Seer
Eleven authentic, insightful essays by established authors and practitioners in the field which discuss a variety of the questions and issues that are frequently raised about shamanism and animism. Another useful, delightful book from Moon Books ‘Shaman Pathways’ series, What is Shamanism is a compact treasure trove of material providing an excellent source of information and much food for thought for both practitioners and readers new to shamanism. ~ June Kent, Editor of Indie Shaman
The collection of articles in What Is Shamanism? come from a variety of contributors with different experiences, backgrounds and opinions. It is an interesting read with a tease for further exploration about the books they've written. ~ Katherine Wood, MA, co-author of The Hidden Worlds