2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

Between Forests and Villages: Shamanic Symbolism in the Himalayas

Robin Snyder
Dr. Dereck Daschke, Faculty Mentor

Does religion serve an evolutionary purpose? Is spirituality intrinsic in the human experience? These questions can be answered when looking at the similarities across human religions. The study of shamanism, done in the form of ethnographies, helps to bring insight to broad macro religious phenomena found in tribes across the world. I attempt to answer these questions by examining the shamanic tradition of Himalayan tribes. These tribes turn the environment around them, such as trees, mountains, and other objects, into a sacred system of symbols. This system serves to create a structure that can show how people should behave. The function of shamans and other spiritual leaders is to map out the profane, material world through sacred symbols, creating community structures and models for behavior.

Keywords: Shamanism, Religion, Anthropology

Topic(s):Philosophy & Religion
PHRE Senior Seminar

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Oral Presentation

Session: 16-4
Location: https://flipgrid.com/a8b68415
Time: 0:00

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