Anthropologists on Shamanism

Anthropologists study human culture around the world, and they have given us thoughtful and detailed firsthand observations of many shamanic cultures and traditions.

Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
Mircea Eliade

In this groundbreaking classic, Eliade examined shamanism many different cultures and millennia of human history.

Piers Vitebsky

This richly illustrated volume surveys shamanic practices around the world.

Shamans Through Time
Jeremy Narby

Collection of historical writings describing encounters with shamans and shamanic traditions in many different times and places.

Shamanism: A Reader
Graham Harvey

Collection of essays with perspectives from anthropology, psychology, musicology, botany, and other disciplines.

Ecstatic Religion: A Study of Shamanism and Spirit Possession
I.M. Lewis

Lewis explores the ecstatic state described as being possessed by divinity or by spirits, and finds common threads across diverse traditions.