Transformations of Shamanism

Transcultural Dialogues N°7, May 2021, pp. 29-38. Published by the India-Europe Foundation for New Dialogues (FIND).

Over the last decades, the question of shamanism has become not only a subject of academic research but also a mode for newage practices aiming at a collective change to save the earth from utter destruction. This has led to a kind of split between a scholarly discourse about a merely social phenomenon from a safe distance and a half-psychedelic, half-ecologically-minded impulse to fuse with Shamanic practices without much reflection. Santiago López-Pavillard, a heterodox anthropologist who combines scholarly knowledge and experience in local contexts, attempts to introduce another point of view, as well as a variation in terminology to approach this phenomenon and shed further light on it.