The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Shamanistic Practices in Japan

The Catalpa Bow A Study of Shamanistic Practices in Japan This study of shamanistic practices in contemporary Japan examines the shamanic figures surviving in Japan today their initiatory dreams ascetic practices the supernatural beings with whom they com

  • Title: The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Shamanistic Practices in Japan
  • Author: Carmen Blacker
  • ISBN: 9781873410851
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Shamanistic Practices in Japan

    This study of shamanistic practices in contemporary Japan examines the shamanic figures surviving in Japan today, their initiatory dreams, ascetic practices, the supernatural beings with whom they communicate, and the geography of the other world in myth and legend.

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    One thought on “The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Shamanistic Practices in Japan

    1. Bill Johnston

      Despite the official comment "First published September 15th 1999", this book was published in 1975 after the author spent over a decade researching the work including talking to practitioners and taking part in their practices. She sadly notes that the practices had been dying out since before she started looking into them, and continued to decline during the period of her research.As the review below states, there isn't much history in this book. The author is more concerned about what was go [...]

    2. Avery

      An extremely Eliadean book, by which I mean that it's written by a foreign outsider in mourning for the loss of an enchanted world. As such it would come under attack by modern religionists for "romanticizing." I have not seen such an attack on this book but similar books, as well as Eliade's approach generally, have been severely attacked in such a way. But there are surely worse things in the world than romanticism. So, feel free to get sucked into this portrayal of a world disappearing in the [...]

    3. Chi Pham

      I expected some sort of history of the development of the shaman practices in Japan, but the book turns out to be more anthropology, which is just not my cup of tees.

    4. Micha

      If you have the slightest bit of interest in this topic, read this now. Read it anyway. You won't be sorry. It's sensational! <3 <3 <3 Research!! <3 <3 <3

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