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The Spirit of Shamanism
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Roger N. Walsh
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J P Tarcher
In this highly praised account of the most ancient of religious practices, Roger N. Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., vividly evokes the training, techniques, experiences, states of mind, and healing practices of the tribal shaman. He also shows how some shamanic practices are found to foreshadow contemporary medical and psychological techniques.

"A wonderfully lucid, engrossing guide to shamans' practices and beliefs."
--Publishers Weekly

"Quite simply, this book is a major step forward in the understanding of the vital phenomena of shamanism. I recommend it highly!"
-- Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., author of Altered States of Consciousness

"A splendidly clear and timely survey of shamanism."
-- Jeanne Achterberg, Ph.D., author of Imagery and Healing

"This definitive work on healing is invaluable for anyone interested in the spiritual path. Ministers, practitioners, spiritual counselors, healers, and the lay reader will all find Walsh's concepts not only inspirational, but consciousness expanding as well. An excellent book."
-- Science of Mind

"An incredibly vast and complex subject has been explained with impeccable clarity. A psychological analysis of shamanism is long overdue. Dr. Walsh has accomplished this task very successfully, indeed in a masterly way."
-- Corrado Pensa, Professor of Philosophy and Religions of India, University of Rome

Roger Walsh M.D., Ph.D. attended Queensland and Stanford Universities and is currently professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology at the University of California at Irvine. He has published more than one hundred scientific papers and ten books and his writings have received some twenty national and international awards.