Shamanism and Safety: Ancient practices and modern issues

Alexander Alich*

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Shamanism is a field of work that spans the archaic to traditional tribal settings and pluralistic Westernized societies. It is simultaneously ancient and yet, from a Western perspective, in its infancy. As it has changed over time and crossed national borders, it has enhanced and challenged individuals and cultures through art, music, dance and medicine – but it is not without controversy. As it has made its way into contemporary Western culture, it has run into professional and ethical hurdles and, more recently, safety issues, which are the subject of this chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Social Science and Law
EditorsNicola K. Gale, Jean V. McHale
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780203578575
ISBN (Print)9780415818940, 9781138503434
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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