Shamanism is the world’s oldest integrated healing system. Cross-culturally this practice has survived marginalization to indigenous societies and has crossed over to the contemporary world. The reductionist model of the current health care system has prompted people to seek holistic and alternative methods to support their well-being. This has inspired health practitioners and researchers to investigate and experience the benefits of shamanic practices.
Following a yearning desire to explore shamanic practices, and to reconnect with her indigenous roots, the author, a therapist of native background, traveled to a remote location to participate in shamanic rituals with an indigenous community in Mexico. Using an autoethnographic enquiry approach, this dissertation research study provides an insight into the sacred healing shamanic practices and to the researcher’s path to find the shaman within and her own wholeness. The researcher, who is the only participant in this study, collected data following qualitative autoethnographic enquiry guidelines. Narratives of personal experiences with shamanic practices served as data to transcribe and report this enquiry. The results of this study reveal the powerful cathartic effect shamanic practices had on the researcher as accounted expressively in this dissertation.
|Advisor:||Vega, Selene K.|
|Commitee:||Rockefeller, Kirwan, Rockwell, Donna|
|Department:||Mind Body Medicine|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Alternative Medicine, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||Autoethnography, Sacred ceremonies, Shamanic healing, Shamanism|
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