Michael Harner (1972) – The Jivaro: People of the Sacred Waterfalls
Michael Harners anthropological study on the Shuar of the Upper Amazon offers in-depth impression about nature, culture and spirituality of an indigenous tradition in the classical sense of the word.
A classic ethnographic account of this freedom-loving people of South America, written for the scholar and layperson alike. The Jívaro (Shuar) are unusual among many shamanic peoples in the degree to which they focus on Middle World spirit helpers. The Middle World cross-culturally is complex in terms of the kinds of spirit helpers that can be found there; almost all can both help and cause trouble. In the Foundation’s programs, spirit helpers are primarily sought in the Upper and Lower Worlds, where there are – as far as has been discovered – only compassionate helping spirits. That being said, the Jivaro provide a fascinating look at a shamanic people who work with Middle World spirit helpers in complex ways, with both healing and harmful results.
272 pages, Soft cover
ISBN: 978-0520050655, University of California Press, € 30,80
Michael Harner (ed.) (1973)
Hallucinogens and Shamanism
In this unusual collection, ten original studies explore the use of hallucinogens in shamanism: the ancient and widespread practice of invoking an altered state to perceive and work with supernatural powers.
Anthropologists have long been fascinated by the worldview and religious beliefs of indigenous peoples. Only recently, however, with the surge of interest in hallucinogenic agents in our own culture, have researchers begun to acknowledge the essential role of such substances in the cosmology of some shamanic societies. In this unusual collection, ten original studies explore the use of hallucinogens in shamanism: the ancient and widespread practice of invoking a trance state to perceive and utilize supernatural forces.
216 pages, hard cover
ISBN: 978-0195016505, Oxford University Press, € 24,26
Michael Harner (1990; first edition 1980)
The Way of the Shaman
This classic on shamanism pioneered the modern shamanic renaissance. Originally published in 1980 it is the foremost resource and reference on understanding shamanism.
This classic on shamanism pioneered the modern shamanic renaissance. It is the foremost resource and reference on understanding shamanism. Now, with a new introduction and a guide to current resources, anthropologist and shamanic practitioner Michael Harner provides the first handbook on practical shamanism—what it is, where it came from, how you can participate.
256 pages, soft cover,
ISBN: 978-0062503732, Harper One, € 14,99
Michael Harner (2013)
CAVE & COSMOS: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality.
Michael Harner, one of the leading shamanologists of our time, presents with ´Cave and Cosmos´ the essence of 50 years of studying and practicing shamanism. The founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies convincingly deducts the existence of spirits and significantly contributes to the epistomology of shamanism by presenting a cartography of non-ordinary reality.
In 1980, Michael Harner blazed the trail for the worldwide revival of shamanism with his seminal classic The Way of the Shaman. In this long-awaited sequel, he provides new evidence of the reality of spirits and heavens. Drawing from a lifetime of personal shamanic experiences and more than 2,500 reports of Westerners’ experiences during shamanic ascension, Harner highlights the striking similarities between their discoveries and the reports by non-Western shamans in other societies, including heavenly choirs and celestial music, indicating that the heavens they’ve encountered do indeed exist. He also provides instructions on his innovative core-shamanism techniques, so that readers too can ascend to heavenly realms, seek spirit teachers, and return later at will for additional healing, knowledge, and to compare their own experiences to those in the book. Written by the leading authority on shamanism, Cave and Cosmos is a must-read not only for those interested in shamanism, but also for those interested in spirituality, comparative religion, near-death experiences, healing, consciousness, anthropology, and the nature of reality.
312 pages, soft cover.
ISBN 978-1583945469, North Atlantic Books, € 14,99
Roland Urban, Andreas J. Hirsch (eds.) (2016)
SHAMANISM AND SCIENCE – SCHAMANISMUS UND WISSENSCHAFT
Shamanism and science appear to be diametral disciplines and incompatible only at first glance. If you look at them from a different perspective, however, they are like two sides of the same coin.
For a long time, shamanism and modern science stood in a difficult and conflictual relationship to each other. Now, the realization is spreading that those two paths of human knowledge can complement each other in a meaningful and useful way. The contributions in this publication from disciplines such as anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, mathematics and futurology as well as the practice of a medical-shamanic outpatient clinic and of artistic work illustrate the inspiringly broad range of world interpretations and the encouraging potential for constructive solutions flowing from a collaboration of shamanism and science.
128 pages, 27 illustrations and images, soft cover. In German and English.
FSSE, € 12,80.