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Modern Shamanism: Ecstacy and Ancestors in the New Age
RELI 239
Spring 2016
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: REES 282

The wise and mysterious native shaman has long held a particular fascination for Western scholars of religion, but does this figure even exist? What does it mean to be a practicing shaman today? Beginning with Eliade's definition of "archaic ecstasy," we examine the idea of the shaman, its role in the New Age movement, and the challenges faced by contemporary indigenous shamans, from negotiating international intellectual property rights law to Ayahuasca tourism. Course materials are supplemented by A/V materials from the instructor's fieldwork in Siberia.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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