By Merete Demant Jakobsen
Shamanism has regularly been of significant curiosity to anthropologists. extra lately it's been "discovered" by means of westerners, particularly New Age fans. This publication breaks new flooring byexamining pristine shamanism in Greenland, between humans contacted past due via Western missionaries and settlers. at the foundation of fabric in basic terms to be had in Danish, and offered herein English for the 1st time, the writer questions Mircea Eliade's recognized definition of the shaman because the grasp of ecstasy and means that his position should be visible as that of a grasp of spirits.
The ambivalent nature of the shaman and the spirit international within the difficult Arctic setting is then contrasted with the extra benign perspective to shamanism within the New Age stream. After featuring descriptions in their organisations and debts by way of individuals, the writer seriously analyses the position of neo-shamanic classes and concludes that it really is uncertain to contemplate what isoffered as shamanism.