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This book is one of the ground breaking works in the field of shamanic studies in Asia. It is an anthology compiled from the research of 16 anthropologists from various countries. It is an unparalleled source on the broad variety of shamanic traditions found in Nepal. It covers the length and breadth of the country and has entries from many different "jaats" or tribes/castes. This book is packed full of information that is unavailable any where else. This is in short a comprehensive study of Himalayan shamanism and will be an indispensable resource for anyone with a serious interest in such matters.

From the dust jacket:

In the last few years this relatively new field has drawn an ever increasing international body of anthropologists attracted by the complexity and variety of the phenomenon. The social, religious, psychic and therapeutic aspects of spirit possession are dealt with on a broadly regional and ethnic basis and the collection is completed with contributions on lamaist spirit possession and historical observations. This volume may be viewed as a summary of the current state of research, an attempt to resolve some of the theoretical, classification and definition problems and to set the direction for future investigations.

The editors: John Hitchcock is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin (My Alma Mater !)

Rex Jones is Asst. Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Stonybrook.


ITEM NAME:   Spirit Possession in the Nepal Himalaya
PRICE:   $36.00 
STATUS:   Available

Author :

Multiple contributors. Edited by John T. Hitchcock & Rex L. Jones


New (this book is new but like many obscure titles from India and Nepal, they often come from the publisher with a paper jacket showing minor bumps and abrasions.) Book itself is fine.)

Pages / Binding:   

 401 pages with 21 illustrations including b/w photos and line drawings.

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