Aldhouse-Green, Miranda J.

The quest for the shaman : shape-shifters, sorcerers, and spirit-healers of ancient Europe / Miranda & Stephen Aldhouse-Green. - London : Thames & Hudson, 2005. - 240 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Shamanism : an introduction -- Beyond the stone gates : later Palaeolithic ritual practice -- Swans' wings and chamber tombs : searching for shamans in the Mesolithic and Neolithic -- Rocks and gold : bronze age shamanism? -- Priests, politics, and power : controlling the supernatural in Iron Age Europe -- Monsters, gender-benders, and ritualists in the Roman Empire and beyond -- Myths and magic : shape-shifting and shamanism in early Celtic literature.

"Long before there were organized religions there were shamans. As this book ably demonstrates, archaeological remains - from cave paintings to bog bodies to Bronze Age vessels - show that shamanism was endemic among ancient European peoples from the Stone Age to the early post-Roman era. Most shamans occupied a marginal, dual position in their communities and functioned as liaisons with the spirit-world through the medium of trance. The authors draw on recent archaeological research in their quest for the shaman."--Jacket.

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Shamans -- Europe -- History -- To 476.
Shamanism -- Europe -- History -- To 476.
Religion, Prehistoric -- Europe.
Antiquities, Prehistoric -- Europe.

BL2370.S5 / A43 2005

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