Pentecostalism and Shamanism in Asia

Nanzan Symposium 16

Paul L. Swanson, ed.

Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, 2013.

Available as a bilingual English/Japanese collection

It is common knowledge that Shamanism is an important part of the religious heritage of Asia. What, then, are the influences and connections between Shamanism and the growth of charismatic Christianity in Asia? The essays in this collection are case studies and analyses that grew out of an international conference, Nanzan Symposium 16, which sought answers to these questions. How can we compare Shamanism and Pentecostalism? How do we define shamanistic elements within Pentecostalism and charismatic Christianity? How should we conduct an academic analysis of Shamanism and Pentecostalism given that Christian believers reject the connection? The essays look at these questions as they appear in various areas and the cultural contexts of Japan, Korea, Brazil, and Sri Lanka.

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