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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Shamanistic Practices in Japan
Author(s):Blacker, Carmen
Religion(s):Shinto
Publisher Name:George Allen and Unwin
Place of Publication:London
Date of Publication:1986
Date of Copyright:1975
Annotation:Utilizing a definition of “shaman” as one who is in a dissociated trance capable of communicating directly with the spiritual world, Blacker distinguishes between the medium and ascetic varieties. Drawing attention to the gender associations and particular practices commonly attributed to these types along with their connections to Buddhism, Blacker looks most specifically at visionary and symbolic journeys, mountain and village oracles, and exorcism. She concludes with the observation that these practices and roles are currently being understood as archaic and in the process of dying.
   
 
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