Shamans, healers, and medicine men

Holger Kalweit

Book - 2000

Explores the primal healing methods of shamans all over the world, showing that healing is not merely the alleviation of symptoms but a transformation of one's relationship to life.

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2nd Floor 201.44/Kalweit Due Jul 19, 2022
Boston : Shambhala 2000, ©1992.
Item Description
Translation of: Urheiler, Medizinleute und Schamanen.
Physical Description
x, 299 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-286) and index.
Main Author
Holger Kalweit (-)
  • Introduction: Holy medicine
  • pt. 1. The birth of the healer
  • pt. 2. Vision of knowledge
  • pt. 3. Sacred journeys through space and time
  • pt. 4. Ways of power
  • pt. 5. The shadows of everything existing
  • Epilogue: The white man has, the black man is.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

In relating the practices of primal healing within world cultures, Kalweit emphasizes the need for modern science to look to primordial stages to understand the ``paralogical, paradoxical processes of life.'' The book, originally published in German in 1987, does not show the reader how to become a shaman but gives accounts of initiations into altered states of consciousness, which made an individual a healer. Healers develop their unique talents through a variety of inner journeys, some of which include fasting, meditations, and/or lightning. Through the knowledge transferred during inner journeys, shamans are able to heal. Kalweit relates the need for the physiological and biochemical study of visionary experience and the possibility of using archaic practices as healing therapy for modern humanity. For scholarly collections.-- L. Kriz, Sioux City P.L., Ia. Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Shamans from around the world share their healing secrets in this unique survey of the ancient and still-vibrant use of magic as medicine. By the authof of Dreamtime and Inner Space. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Shamans, Healers, and Medicine Men explores the primal healing methods of shamans all over the world. The author shows that for these extraordinary men and women, healing is not merely the alleviation of symptoms but entails a transformation of one's relationship to life.