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Religions 2018, 9(12), 388; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9120388

Two Faces of the Manchu Shaman: “Participatory Observation” in Western and Chinese Contexts

Arctic Studies Center, Liaocheng University, 1 Hunan Road, Dongchangfu District, Liaocheng 252000, China
Received: 25 October 2018 / Revised: 23 November 2018 / Accepted: 23 November 2018 / Published: 26 November 2018
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Russian anthropologist Shirokogoroff and Chinese ethnographers have provided different understandings of Manchu shamanism. The former approach is centered in the psychological dimension based on the Western context while the latter approach focuses on the ritual and sacrificial systems based on a non-Western Chinese context. However, an in-depth analysis of Chinese ethnographic writings shows that the Chinese context also embodies aspects of existing Western concepts. Due to the fact that both approaches have problems in writing cultures, the author suggests that a constructive dialogue between the Western experience and Chinese experience should be conducted in reconstruction of shamanism theories. View Full-Text
Keywords: Shirokogoroff; Western context; “non-Western” Chinese context; Manchu shamanism Shirokogoroff; Western context; “non-Western” Chinese context; Manchu shamanism
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