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Taming the Wind of Desire – Psychology, Medicine, and Aesthetics in Malay Shamanistic Performance - California Scholarship Online
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Taming the Wind of Desire: Psychology, Medicine, and Aesthetics in Malay Shamanistic Performance

Carol Laderman


Charged with restoring harmony and relieving pain, the Malay shaman places his patients in a trance and encourages them to express their talents, drives, personality traits—the “Inner Winds” of Malay medical lore—in a kind of performance. These healing ceremonies, formerly viewed by Western anthropologists as exotic curiosities, actually reveal complex multicultural origins and a unique indigenous medical tradition whose psychological content is remarkably relevant to contemporary Western concerns. Accepted as apprentice to a Malay shaman, the author of this book learned and recorded every asp ... More

Keywords: Malay shaman, trance, Inner Winds, Malay medical law, healing séance, spirits, self, healers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780520069169
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520069169.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Laderman, author