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Soul HuntersHunting, Animism, and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs$
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Rane Willerslev

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252165

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252165.001.0001

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(p.119) Chapter 6: Shamanism
Soul Hunters

Rane Willerslev

University of California Press

This chapter discusses shamanism. It argues that shamanism among the Yukaghirs is to be understood as a broadly based activity practiced to various degrees by ordinary hunters, instead of being seen as “mysticism” under the control of a certain religious elite. Finally, the chapter compares the shaman with the hunter and shamans in bilateral and patrilineal societies, and then examines the decline of the “professional shamans.”

Keywords:   shamanism, mysticism, religious elite, professional shamans, bilateral societies, patrilineal societies

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