Chapter 9

Other Ways of Knowing: Retrieving the Shaman in Us

Maciej Henneberg and Arthur Saniotis


In this chapter, we discuss the realm of altered states of consciousness as a significant aspect of human evolution. We argue that there is a need for humanity to retrieve its ‘shamanic’ legacy as a way of answering current ecological challenges. Both shamanic socieities and their engagement with altered states of consciousness, and mind/body practices of Western societies are examined. Far from being irrelevant, we show that intuitive modes of knowledge provide unique ways for understanding the nature of human existence and the non-human world.

Total Pages: 102-138 (37)

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