Loeb, Edwin Meyer, 1894-. Shaman and seer

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Title: Shaman and seer

Published in: American anthropologist, N. S. -- Vol. 31

Published By: American anthropologist, N. S. -- Vol. 31 Menasha, Wisconsin: American Anthropological Association, 1929 [1962 reprint]. 60-84 p.: ill.

By line: By E. M. Loeb

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Mentawaians (OD09)

Subjects: Sorcery (754); Magical and mental therapy (755); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Spirits and gods (776); Revelation and divination (787);

Abstract: Loeb discusses the differences between the Mentawaian type of shaman or seer from that of the Siberian type which he calls in the text non-inspirational vs. inspirational. He then attempts to show that the seer is the oldest type of Indonesian medicine man and resembles the seer of all primitive cultures, and that the true shaman is a product of higher cultures (p. 60). The major part of the document, however, is devoted to a detailed discussion of the Pagai seer, his role, functions in the society, and the manner in which he (or she) obtains power. The work concludes with a discussion of Pagai sorcery.

Document Number: 9

Document ID: od09-009

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Reprinted by permission of the original publishers Kraus Reprint Corporation, New York, 1962. Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1926

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1999

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: North and South Pagai, Mentawai Islands, west of Sumatra, Indonesia

LCSH: Mentawai (Indonesian people)


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