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Experiences during shamanic-like monotonous drumming: A phenomenological study
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology. (Psykologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5668-0469
2011 (English)In: The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, ISSN 1942-3241, Vol. 29, no 2, 1-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigated the experiences gained from a 20-minute shamanic-like drumming session. Twenty-two persons participated and made written descriptions afterwards about their experiences. A phenomenological analysis was applied which generated 31 categories, that were organized into six themes: 1) The undertaking of the drumming journey, 2) Perceptual phenomena: visual, auditory and somatic, 3) Encounters, 4) Active vs. Passive role, 5) Inner wisdom and guidance, and 6) Reflections on the drumming journey. A multitude of detailed experiences were described such as visual imagery, hearing sounds, encountering animals, as well as gaining insights. Participants generally appreciated the drumming session and few negative effects were noted. The conclusion made is that shamanic-like drumming can be a valuable supplement to other psychotherapeutic techniques.

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Palo Alto, CA, 2011. Vol. 29, no 2, 1-10 p.
Keyword [en]
altered states of consciouness, shamanic drumming, transpersonal psychology, phenomenology
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Applied Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-9086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-9086DiVA: diva2:474336
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2015-11-12Bibliographically approved

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