Shamanism is the practice of maximizing the human abilities of mind and spirit for healing and problem solving. A term that comes from the Siberian tribal word for its practitioners, "shaman," shamans are a type of medicine man or woman especially distinguished by the use of journeys to hidden worlds through myth, dream, and near death experiences. This inclusive two volume encyclopedia combines the philosophy, concepts, and practical elements that make up Shamanism. Over 750 in depth entries, organized A to Z, containing essential information about Shamanic methods and practices across cultures. Eight introductory essays clearly discuss the basic concepts of Shamanism. Annotated resource lists cite organizations with contact information, including Web sites and e mail addresses. Each entry includes sources for further reading.
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