Shamans Mystics and Doctors

This is a major work of cultural interpretation, a book that challenges (and should enhance) our understanding of therapy, mental health and individual freedom.

Author: Sudhir Kakar

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 9780307831798

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

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Shamans, Mystics and Doctors is a detailed and thoroughly fascinating account of the many ways in which the ancient healing traditions of India—embodied in the rituals of shamans, the teachings of gurus and the precepts of the school of medicine known as Ayurveda—diagnose and treat emotional disorder. Drawing on three years of intensive fieldwork and his own psychoanalytic training and experience, Sudhir Kakar takes us into a world of Islamic mosques and Hindu temples, of assembled multitudes, and dingy, out-of-the-way consultation rooms… a world where patients and healers blame evil spirits for emotional disturbances… where dreams and symptoms that would be familiar to Freud are interpreted in terms of a myriad of deities and legends… where trance-like “dissociation states” are induced to bring out and resolve the conflicts of repressed anger, lust and envy… where proper grooming, diet, exercise and conduct are (and have been for centuries) seen as essential to the preservation of a healthy mind and body. As he witnesses the practitioners and their patients, as he elucidates the therapeutic systems on which their encounters are based, as he contrasts his own Western training and biases with evidence of his eyes (and the sympathies of his heart), Kakar reveals the universal concerns of these individuals and their admittedly foreign cultures—people we can recognize and feel for, people (like their Western counterparts) trying to find some balance between the pressures and rewards of the external world and the fantasies and desires of the internal. This is a major work of cultural interpretation, a book that challenges (and should enhance) our understanding of therapy, mental health and individual freedom.
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Shamans Mystics and Doctors

Obviously, to hardworking physicians and shamanic healers concerned with concrete symptoms of physical and mental disorders and confronted with ... Nagpalla, like other shamans, is a specialist in spirits — 108 Shamans, Mystics and Doctors.

Author: Sudhir Kakar

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226422794

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 306

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Sudhir Kakar, a psychoanalyst and scholar, brilliantly illuminates the ancient healing traditions of India embodied in the rituals of shamans, the teachings of gurus, and the precepts of the school of medicine known as Ayurveda. "With extraordinary sympathy, open-mindedness, and insight Sudhir Kakar has drawn from both his Eastern and Western backgrounds to show how the gulf that divides native healer from Western psychiatrist can be spanned."—Rosemary Dinnage, New York Review of Books "Each chapter describes the geographical and cultural context within which the healers work, their unique approach to healing mental illness, and . . . the philosophical and religious underpinnings of their theories compared with psychoanalytical theory."—Choice
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Mad and Divine

Sudhir Kakar, India’s foremost practitioner of psychoanalysis, has focused his career on infusing this preeminently Western discipline with ideas and views from the East.

Author: Sudhir Kakar

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226422879

Category: Psychology

Page: 178

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Sudhir Kakar, India’s foremost practitioner of psychoanalysis, has focused his career on infusing this preeminently Western discipline with ideas and views from the East. In Mad and Divine, he takes on the separation of the spirit and the body favored by psychoanalysts, cautioning that a single-minded focus on the physical denies a person’s wholeness. Similarly, Kakar argues, to focus on the spirit alone is to hold in contempt the body that makes us human. Mad and Divine looks at the interplay between spirit and psyche and the moments of creativity and transformation that occur when the spirit overcomes desire and narcissism. Kakar examines this relationship in religious rituals and healing traditions— both Eastern and Western—as well as in the lives of some extraordinary men: the mystic and guru Rajneesh, Gandhi, and the Buddhist saint Drukpa Kunley. Enriched with a novelist’s felicity of language and an analyst’s piercing insights and startling interpretations, Mad and Divine is a valuable addition to the literature on the integration of the spirit and psyche in the evolving psychology of the individual.
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Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions

Shamans, Mystics, and Doctors. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Neusner, Jacob. 1993. Androgynous Judaism: Masculine and Feminine in the Dual Torah. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press. Ochs, Carol. 1977.

Author: Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781851099801

Category: Reference

Page: 665

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This is the first comprehensive resource on the subject of love in the teachings of the world's major religions, cultures, and philosophies.
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Shamanism

From crazy witch doctor to auxiliary psychotherapist : the changing image of the medicine man . Psychiatr . Clin . 4 : 200–20 120. ... Shamans , Mystics , and Doctors : A Psychological Inquiry into India and its Healing Traditions .

Author: Andrei A. Znamenski

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415332494

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 360

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Religious Therapeutics

Kakar , Shamans , Mystics and Doctors , 172 . 44. Woodroffe , The Garland of Letters ( Varnamālā ) , 218-19 , 232 ; Woodroffe , Introduction to Tantra Shastra , 81-82 . 45. Eliade , Yoga , Immortality and Freedom , 215 . 46.

Author: Gregory P. Fields

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791449157

Category: Religion

Page: 222

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Explores the relationship between health and religion based on the model offered by the Hindu traditions of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Tantra.
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Spirit Versus Scalpel

Shamans , mystics , and doctors : A psychological inquiry into India and its healing traditions . Delhi : Oxford University Press . Koppers , W. & Jungblur , L. ( 1976 ) . The bowmen of India . Acta Ethnologica et Linguistica , Series ...

Author: Leonore Loeb Adler

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0897894065

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 219

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Examines traditional and modern healing systems in many different cultures around the world and shows how cultural beliefs and attitudes play a significant role in both development and illness and the process of healing.
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Shamans of the 20th Century

Shamans , Mystics and Doctors , A Psychological Inquiry into India and Its Healing Traditions . Boston , MA : Beacon Press , 1982 . Kalweit , Holger . Dreamtime and Inner Space , The World of the Shaman .

Author: Ruth-Inge Heinze

Publisher: Ardent Media

ISBN: 082902459X

Category: Shamanism

Page: 259

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The reader has the opportunity to partake of Dr Heinze's studies of shamans, their models of reality, their inner journeys, and the services they perform for their communities.
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