This is the classic introduction to shamanism, written by a world-renowned religious scholar and first published in 1951. Mircea Eliade examines the practice of shamanism across Siberia, Central Asia, the Americas, Indonesia, Tibet, China, and Oceana. He identified, then explored in depth, several key features which occur across cultures: the shaman himself, initiation, and the world tree or axis mundi. The work is rich in ethnographic data, travellers' accounts, mythic tales and first-hand observations. Whilst much of Eliade's work has been contested by later generations of scholars, Shamanism remains a key text which is a pleasure to read.
Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1972. Paperback, 610 pages. New.