neo-shamanism

neo-shamanism

A general term for a modern Western interpretation of the spiritual and medical tradition of shamanism, which draws on the use of rituals and “tribal” psychology for therapy. In addition to the shamanic state of altered consciousness through rituals and psychotherapy, neo-shamanism uses such tools as flotation tanks, strobe lights, active-alert hypnosis and other devices or practices intended to alter a person’s reality sense.
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He reports that practitioners know that they cannot revive ancient ways and that neo-shamanism is different from contemporary 'native' practice; and he argues that the movement is a valid critique of contemporary 'Western' world-view.
He then tackles the performances themselves, ranging from body art, ritualism and neo-shamanism to video and multimedia and the rise of the avant-garde in cyberspace.
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