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Shamanic Voices: A Survey of Visionary Narratives (Arkana) Paperback – August 15, 1991


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  • Series: Arkana
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (August 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140193480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140193480
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book leaves a mark on its reader.
M. Chen
Joan Halifax has done an great job of taking important clips of information from various interviews done with various shaman from around the world.
webmaster@whisperingstone.com
I've read many books on shamanism over the years but this one is the one I'd prefer to keep with me in place of all the others.
Feral Puma

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Willhum on July 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Books on shamanism tend to be quite a mixed bunch in terms of quality. Shamanic Voices though is one of the best and most authentic (steering well clear of the flakey "new age" type of shamanism). I would also recommend highly Wizard of the Upper Amazon or any book by Jeremy Narby. Joan Halifax has collected a variety of writtings in this book, my favorite of which is the artic shamans and also the slightly sad story of the aboriginal Australian shaman who lost his power. This is one of my favorite books and comes highly recommended!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By webmaster@whisperingstone.com on April 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Joan Halifax has done an great job of taking important clips of information from various interviews done with various shaman from around the world. Such famous shaman as Black Elk (from Black Elk Speaks) are contained in here. She shows the similarity between all shamanic traditions as well as the differences with specific rights. Her selections of what she included were very smart, and also gives you insite as to what future books to buy, and what to avoid. A must read!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Feral Puma on November 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is for the serious apprentice, though it's possible casual readers might enjoy the stories as well. Those looking for new age fluff should pass on this text, until they can learn to appreciate hands-on techniques 'solitude & suffering to transcend' and other fun topics like that. I've read many books on shamanism over the years but this one is the one I'd prefer to keep with me in place of all the others. This and perhaps Shapeshifting by John Perkins.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BYF on August 30, 2011
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The shaman is the medicine man or woman, the visionary healer who is the central figure in many tribal cultures - the repository of the group's rituals, myths, and secret lore. Though these individuals have eluded most Western investigators, noted medical anthropologist Joan Halifax has here collected the words of shamans themselves - some directly from living people, others from hard-to-get primary sources. These eloquent testimonies including harrowing tales of shamanic initiatory experiences; vivid accounts of visionary journeys; and revealing expressions of the shaman's unique position as the link between the people of his or her tribe with the timeless, ineffable cosmos of which each person, and each culture, is a part. For whether the account is by a Mesoamerican Indian or an African !Kung bushman, there is a remarkable unity to these diverse voices. Each of the narratives is preceded by a brief introduction with background information on the shaman, and the book begins with a fascinating essay on shamanism by Dr. Halifax, co-author with Stanislav Grof of 'The Human Encounter with Death.'
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Chen on February 18, 2006
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It is amazing reading these stories from shamans all over the world. The soties are moving and tie into one another. This book leaves a mark on its reader.
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