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Public Individualism in Contemporary Dutch Shamanism

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This chapter focuses on the publicly observable context of Dutch shamanisms, and shows that the private and public meanings and their significance come together in remarkable ways in Dutch shamanisms. The author interprets shamanism as a range of fluid conceptualisations, constructed by active, inventive interpreters. The field of shamanism is regulated by specific philosophical, aesthetical and ethical dispositions that guide the way people act, feel and think in the field. Globalism manifests itself in a variety of ways in the field of shamanism. According to Searching Deer, shamanism is the oldest answer to the most important questions of life. Searching Deer argues that the shaman is the healer, the counsellor, the priest, the musician, the artist and the storyteller that mediates between the invisible world of the Gods, the world of the spirits and human society. Self-development and primitivism are basic ingredients of the shamanic habitus of Searching Deer.

Keywords: Dutch shamanism; globalism; public individualism; Searching Deer



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