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The Shamanistic Journey and Anthropological Travels

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Title: The Shamanistic Journey and Anthropological Travels
Authors: Chernela, Janet M.
Leed, Eric
Keywords: shamanism
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LC Subject Headings: Ethnology
Issue Date: Jul 1996
Publisher: George Washington Institute for Ethnographic Research
Citation: Chernela, Janet M., and Eric Leed. 1996. The Shamanistic Journey and Anthropological Travels. Anthropological Quarterly 69(3): 129-133.
Abstract: This paper offers two experienced instances of the anthropologist's engagement in local curing sequences as examples of the agreement of identities between anthropologist and shaman. This similitude of culturally disparate roles is rooted, we believe, in the power generally derived from the foreign and apart. It also comes from the nature of shamanism as the world's only universal "specialty", a congery of cures, techniques, packaged knowledge. We conclude that the identification of the anthropologist as shaman is not necessarily a misidentification. In their travels both define and cross boundaries wielding a power that is essentially relational and communicational: derived from a manipulation of otherness, and from the use of words as things.
Description: Refereed
ISSN: 0003-5491
Appears in Collections:Mana'o - Papers on Anthropology

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