This book concentrates on female shamanisms in Asia and their relationship with the state and other religions, offering a perspective on gender and shamanism that has often been neglected in previous accounts.
An international range of contributors cover a broad geographical scope, ranging from Siberia to South Asia, and Iran to Japan. Several key themes are considered, including the role of bureaucratic established religions in integrating, challenging and fighting shamanic practices, the position of women within shamanic complexes, and perceptions of the body. Beginning with a chapter that places the shamaness at the centre of the discussion, chapters then approach these issues in a variety of ways, from historically informed accounts, to presenting the findings of extensive ethnographic research by the authors themselves.
Offering an important counterbalance to male dominated accounts of shamanism, this book will be of great interest to scholars of Indigenous Peoples across Religious Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, and Gender Studies.
1 The Shamaness at the threshold: gender, religions and the state in Asia
Sophie Roche and Davide Torri
2 The Shamaness’ New Clothes. On the Qualities of Resisting Bodies
3 Shamanesses High and Low : Gender-based relationships to spiritual entities in Siberia
4 Retrospectives: What I got wrong in my first book
5 Shamanism and Gender (In)equality in South and South-east Asia: The Chepang of Nepal and the Semang-Negrito of Peninsular Malaysia
6 Shamans, Islam and the State Medical Policy in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
7 From Clanic Shamaness to Burkhanist Messenger Transformations of Religious Roles of Altaian Women (19th-21st centuries)
8 "Let me take your pain away": Female Shamanism in Central Asian soundscape
9 Female Shamanhood in the Southern Siberia at the Turn of Millennium: A Revival of an Ancient Archetype, Modernization or Declining of "Traditional" Shamanism?
Galina B. Sychenko
10 Women’s sociability: The qalandar khona of Khujand (Tajikistan) in the context of political events
11 Shamanism and gender construction among the Kavalan of Taiwan: Men and women’s illness caused by different spirits
12 Mirroring Values in Possession Ritual: A Biographic-Narrative Study of Female Participants in the Zār Ritual in the Hormozgān Province of Iran
13 Shamanism in Mongolia: Women, Mother-Earth and the World