A note on oceanic shamanism

Niel Gunson

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    This note shows how Mircea Eliade's classic study of shamanism as "a technique of ecstasy" has been effectively marginalised by developments in shamanistic studies since the 1980s, allowing for wider definitions. It traces the evolution of my ideas on Oceanic shamanism particularly in relation to shamanic survivals in Tongan religion, the origin of the Tu'i Tonga, and the shamanistic underlay in Polynesian religions which surfaced in times of crisis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)205-212
    JournalJournal of the Polynesian Society
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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