Shamanism yet again.

Fri, 10 May 1996 19:53:00 PDT

Clyde Davenport is quoted as writing:

"2. The shaman doesn't transcend the natural world, as much as she shows
the connection between the cultural and natural worlds."

While using female pronouns where, in the past, a male pronoun would have
been used is de rigeur, I wonder if in this case this is not a distortion of
the facts on the ground; e.g., examples I know of regarding shamans in h/g
societies (and I admit my knowledge is limited) are either males, or when
females are shamans they clearly are not "co-equal" with male shamans and
seem to have a minor role. Is the role of shaman most often occupied by

D. Read