Indigenous Shamanism Today

by on Monday, 21 May 2007 Comments
Much to the disbelief and disdain of the modern generation many of whom are believers and leaders of the many religions, indigenous shamanism, a whole system of religio-cultural beliefs and practices, with its inherent wisdom and knowledges, has more than survived the onslaught of the age of modernity and the hegemony of cultural globalization. The contrary is indeed the case wherein indigenous shamanism remains a corpus of ever emerging subaltern traditions that warrants the attention of the many religions in the modern world. Given its marginality, indigenous shamanism is perhaps best described as a subaltern spirituality of suspect with its own relevancy to the many religions in the modern world.

Arguing for the relevancy of indigenous shamanism, I offer the readers some glimpses of indigenous shamanism from within, especially through the window which the narratives of initiation opens up before us.
Furthermore, I contend that the question of relevancy depends to a large extent on the presuppositions supporting the principles and criteria of evaluating indigenous shamanism. It is vital that indigenous shamanism is valued on its own term.

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Joseph Fung Jee-wui

A fighter for Malaysia and East Asia's indigenous people's rights and culture.

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