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Literature concerning Shamanism:

The books listed here have been chosen because they offer either a generic or culture specific view on shamanism or offer information on a key shamanic practice.  Only one book per author is included on this list, you may wish to look for their other works. 

No method has been used to verify the scholarly authenticity of the work, but most included in this list are widely read, or easily obtained.  This list is intended to give a quick overview of authors of shamanic books.


Shamanism*, by Mircea Eliad - a very detailed scholarly book on shamanism, which takes the perspective of anthropology/sociology/history. 

The Woman in the Shaman's Body : Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine, by Barbara Tedlock - The book combines scholarly research into women in shamanic practice, with narration of personal experiences of the author who, in addition to being an anthropologist, is also a shamanic practitioner.

Traveling Between the Worlds: Conversations With Contemporary Shamans, by Hillary S. Webb - Interviews with contemporary Shamans concerning their view of modern shamanic practice. 

Shamanic Voices: A Survey of Visionary Narratives, by Joan Halifax PhD - Book includes first person accounts of shamanic experiences from indigenous shamans.

Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge*, Carlos Castenada - A widely read author on shamanism, Castenada's books focus on culturally oriented shamanic practice - that of the shamans of ancient Mexico.  His books focus on various topics, this was the first of his books

Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self Through Shamanic Practice, Sandra Ingerman - one of the first books on soul retrieval, it provides an understanding of soul retrieval and its purposes.  She is the author of several books.

Shapeshifting: Shamanic Techniques for Global and Personal Transformation, John Perkins - founder of the Dream Change Coalition, Perkins studied shamanism in South America.  He is the author of several books, this book discusses shape shifting.

The Way of the Shaman, Michael Harner - written approximately 30 years ago, it gives a general overview of shamanism.

The World of Shamanism: New Views of an Ancient Tradition*, by Roger Walsh - new book for 2007, I have not viewed this book. 

Shaman: An Illustrated Guide (Living Wisdom), Piers Vitebsky - hard to find but very good pictures, and an interesting overview of shamanism that looks at different regions around the world.  Can sometimes buy used from Amazon.  There is also a Time Life Books, version of this book.

Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements*, Nan Moss with Dan Corbin - Weather shamanism by authorities in the subject.

Medicine Woman* - Lynn V. Andrews - books often focus on the female aspects of shamanism.  Considered by some to be a partially fictional/fantasy writer.

Kahuna Healing: Holistic Health and Healing Practices of Polynesia*, Serge Kahili King - Practitioner of Polynesian or Huna Shamanism.

Fundamentals of Hawaiian Mysticism*, Charlotte Berney - A book about the Hawaiian Huna practice, Huna is considered by some to be a shamanic practice.

Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit*, Tom Cowan  - a practitioner of shamanism, this book discusses Celtic legends and shamanism.

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, Jeremy Narby - a book about the connection between shamanism and DNA.

Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism*, by Gershon Winkler, David Carson, Gabriel Cousens - many books are being published recently which discuss the connection between Shamanic practice and Judaism.

The Book of Shamanic Healing, Kristin Madden - focuses on healing and shamanism, contains interesting practical information as well.

Healing With Form, Energy and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen*, by Tenzin Wangyal, Mark Dahlby (Editor), Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche - book on Tibetan Shamanism from prominent practitioners of Tibetan shamanism.

The Shamans of Prehistory: Trance and Magic in the Painted Caves*, by Jean Clottes, David Lewis-Williams, Sophie Hawkes (Translator), J. David Lewis-Williams

* Some of these books have not been read or have been read only in part by the author of this website.  They are included here because they are widely read and provide a resource for information on shamanism. 


Links to Shamanic Book or Reading Lists

Sacred Text Archive on Shamanism

NIRGAN - List of Shamanic Books

Flight of the Goose: A Story of the Far North

Korean History A Bibliography [RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY - Shamanism]

Shamanism in Chinese culture

References on Native American Healing and Medicine

Questia, Shamanism - search shamanism


First Seoul International Consultation: Christianity and Shamanism

Dancing on Knives: An Introduction to the Politics of Sexuality and Gender in Korean Shamanism

Spirits in the Snowhouse: The Inuit Angakok (Shaman) in Children's Literature (scroll down)

The Spiritual and the Aesthetic in the Circumpolar World

The Role of Dukun in Contemporary East Java: a case study of Banyuwangi dukun


The Split Horn: Life of a HMONG Shaman in America

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The Shaman's Last Apprentice.


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