Shamans/Neo-Shamans: Contested Ecstasies, Alternative Archaeologies, and Contemporary Pagans

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ILLUSTRATIONS
i Two Wiccans complete a ritual at Avebury’s 1996 graffiti to elucidate who was responsible xii
1.1 The Self in Ecstasy (1913) by occultist and trance artist Austin Osman Spare 26
1.2 Nightmare by Rosaleen Norton, ‘a clear indication of the artist’s trance technique’ (Drury 1993:27) 27
1.3 Leaflet advertising neo-Shamanic workshops in 1998 with Leslie Kenton and Sandra Ingerman 47
2.1 Flyer advertising neo-Shamanic workshops, illustrating how some neo-Shamanisms romanticise shamans 65
2.2 Leaflet advertising neo-Shamanic workshops for women 66
3.1 ‘Runic’ John, Heathen neo-Shaman, completing a shamanic healing 91
3.2 ‘Runic’ John is possessed by the shaman-god Woden in a public ritual, 1998 92
3.3 A ritual procession of Druids around Avebury henge at Beltane in 1998 104
3.4 Druid ceremony at Beltane, the Devil’s Chair, Avebury 104
4.1 Basketry compass-work on the Latchmere Heath mirror compared with inset of the ‘fortification’ imagery often seen during migraine experiences 111
4.2 Leaflet advertising Caitlín Matthews’s neo-Shamanic practice in Oxford 114
4.3 Base of the Gundestrup Cauldron 121
4.4 Silver ‘cups’ from a burial, Agighiol, Romania 122
4.5 Effigies of the Anglo-Saxon runes Ing and Daeg are burnt in a ceremony celebrating Beltane 136
5.1 Contemporary rock art on Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire 150
5.2 The mobile Stonehenge Belongs to You and Me exhibition, produced by Barbara Bender (UCL) and the Stonehenge Campaign155
5.3 Flyer advertising a Summer Solstice ‘party’ at Stonehenge for the year 2000 162

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgements xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - ‘White Shamans’ 24
  • 2 - Plastic Medicine Men? 49
  • 3 - Taliesin’s Trip, Wyrd Woden 79
  • 4 - ‘Celtic’ and ‘Northern’ Shamanisms? 107
  • 5 - ‘sacred’ Sites? 142
  • 6 - Waking Neolithic Ancestors 168
  • 7 - Invading Anthros, Thieving Archos, Wannabe Indians 195
  • 8 - Conclusion 227
  • Appendix 235
  • Notes 239
  • Bibliography 253
  • Index 295
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