Sarah Milledge Nelson's bold thesis is that the development of states in East Asia-China, Japan, Korea-was an outgrowth of the leadership in smaller communities guided by shamans. Using a mixture of historical documents, mythology, archaeological data, and ethnographic studies of contemporary shamans, she builds a case for shamans being the driving force behind the blossoming of complex societies. More interesting, shamans in East Asia are generally women, who used their access to the spirit world to take leadership roles. This work challenges traditional interpretations growth of Asian states, which is overlaid with later Confucian notions of gender roles. Written at a level accessible for undergraduates, this concise work will be fascinating reading for those interested in East Asian archaeology, politics, and society; in gender roles, and in shamanism. With references and index.

Shamanism and the Origin of States: Spirit, Power, and Gender in East Asia

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  • ISBN

    9781598741339
  • Authors

    Nelson, Sarah Milledge
  • Extent

    283
  • Format

    Hardcover
  • Year

    2008
  • Publisher

    Left Coast Press

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