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Consciousness: Cultural and Therapeutic Perspectives


Edited By Dagmar Eigner

In recent years the study of consciousness has gained considerable impulse through interdisciplinary approaches. Modulation and transformation of consciousness have been deployed for tens of thousands of years to obtain knowledge and to enhance well-being and health. In many societies, techniques based on exceptional states of consciousness have been used to maintain ecological equilibrium. The volume deals with historic, social, linguistic, philosophical, psychological, physiological, aesthetic, and creative issues of consciousness research. According to the integrative endeavours of the authors a variety of methods were applied; mostly, not only etic, but also emic perceptions were considered. The work of shamans, artists, and psychotherapists constitutes the main content of this volume, exploring different techniques for the induction of altered states of consciousness.


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Preface 7 Michael Delmonte Evolution and Consciousness: From Rocks to Musicians, Philosophers and Psychotherapists – A Long Journey 9 Jürgen Kremer (Post)Modern Brain – Shaman’s Brain: Evolutionary Perspectives on Shamanic Processes and Potentials 47 Joan H. Hageman & Stanley Krippner A Survey of Afro-Brazilian Mediums: Gender Differences and Distinguishing Characteristics 77 Valentina Kharitonova & Yulia Ukraintseva Destined for Shamanic Inspiration. An Integrative Study of Buryat (Neo)Shamans 109 Renaud van Quekelberghe Daily and Oceanic Consciousness: A Dual Modality 131 Susan Michaelson The Silver Road. Exploring a Relationship Between the Visual Arts, Shamanism and the Healing Process 147 Katalin Varga Communicating with Patients in Altered States of Consciousness 165 Dagmar Eigner A Shamanic Dinner: Context-Related Representations of the Self as a Healing Agent 183 List of Contributors 217

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