Forgot your password?  

The Way of the Shaman Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 6, Power Practices Summary

Michael Harner
This Study Guide consists of approximately 38 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Way of the Shaman.
This section contains 1,512 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Way of the Shaman Study Guide

Chapter 6, Power Practices Summary and Analysis

Power practices frequently involve consulting with one's power animal. The identities of power animals may be strictly hidden from others, as in the Jivaro tradition, or shared as they are in the traditions of North American Plains tribes. Harner leaves the decision of secrecy or disclosure up to the individual person and makes no judgment on the matter.

In either case, the shaman travels to consult with his animal or animals in order to access the guardian's power for help with a personal problem or a non-ordinary cause of an illness. This consultation is referred to by anthropologists as a divination. In order to retain the power from a guardian spirit, the shaman must seek out the guardian and allow it to enter the shaman at least every two weeks, according to Jivaro and other traditions. Otherwise the animal's power dissipates...

(read more from the Chapter 6, Power Practices Summary)

This section contains 1,512 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Way of the Shaman Study Guide
Copyrights
The Way of the Shaman from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook