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Visiting the Six Worlds: Shamanistic Journeys in Canadian Mi'kmaq Cosmology
Lund University.
2006 (English)In: Journal of American Folklore, ISSN 0021-8715, E-ISSN 1535-1882, Vol. 119, no 473, 312-336 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mi-kmaq Indians- descriptions of journeys between parallel worlds, as we find them in tales collected from the early seventeenth century to the earlier twentieth, are far too complex to fit into Mircea Eliade-s model of shamanism or romantic images of Indians as being -one with nature-. The tales reveal six parallel worlds in which all types of beings belongs to families, have wigwams, and search for food. The parallelism between the worlds has no significance for beings living their ordinary lives, but it is of the utmost importance for understanding how differing types of beings (people, animals, supernaturals) achieve interworlds journeys. The notions of cosmological deixis and perspectivism are used to explore the narratives and shed light on Mi-kmaq cosmology.

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2006. Vol. 119, no 473, 312-336 p.
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Mi'kmaq tales, cosmological deixis, shamanism, traditional ecological knowledge, interworlds journeys, perspectivism
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42283Local ID: 62394OAI: diva2:263139
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2010-04-27

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