Shamans: Empowered healers or psychopaths

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1982
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Kwiatkowski, Scott D.
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Kwiatkowski, Scott D. (1982). Shamans: Empowered healers or psychopaths. -- Lambda Alpha Journal of Man, v.14, p.61-74.

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Article examines the controversy over shamanic inspirication from the vantages of the leading advocates of each position. Ackerknecht is arguing that shamans are normal people filling a particular niche within their culture. Devereux views shamanism not as a cultural role but as a symptom of mental disorder. Kwiatkowski's critical treatment of this debate reflects a middle of the road approach, attempting to find a synthetic theory making the two polar positions compatible.

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