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The Beauty of the Primitive: Shamanism and Western Imagination

Andrei A. Znamenski

Abstract

For the past forty years shamanism has drawn increasing attention among the general public and academics. So far no one has tried to understand why and how Western intellectual and popular culture became so fascinated with the topic. Behind fictional and non-fictional works on shamanism, this book uncovers an exciting story that mirrors changing Western attitudes toward the primitive. It explores how shamanism, an obscure word introduced by the 18th-century German explorers of Siberia, entered Western humanities and social sciences, and has now become a powerful idiom used by nature and pagan ... More

Keywords: shamanism, nature, paganism, anti-modernism, Siberia, neo-shamanism, European folklore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195172317
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172317.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrei A. Znamenski, author