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Religions 2019, 10(1), 17; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10010017

Shamanism, Eroticism, and Death: The Ritual Structures of the Nine Songs in Comparative Context

School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University, 19 Xinjiekou Outer St, BeiTaiPingZhuang, Haidian Qu, Beijing 100875, China
Received: 24 October 2018 / Revised: 17 December 2018 / Accepted: 25 December 2018 / Published: 28 December 2018
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Eroticism is an independent feature of human life that influences many areas of experience, including death and religion. While eroticism has received a good deal of scholarly attention in religious studies, the present study takes the Nine Songs as the starting point for a discussion of eroticism as a frequent element in the world of shamanism. These songs provide the earliest linguistic corpus in East Asia that allows us a glimpse into the world of the shaman, and they constitute one of the earliest sources of this type preserved anywhere in the world by giving depictions of eroticized gender relations between shamans and spirits. This study comparatively situates the ritual structures expressed in the Nine Songs to uncover deeper affinities between shamanism, eroticism, violence, and death. View Full-Text
Keywords: Shamanism; eroticism; death; mysticism; Nine Songs (Jiu ge) Shamanism; eroticism; death; mysticism; Nine Songs (Jiu ge)
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