This inaugural volume of the publication series Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis is based on the very first symposium arranged by the newly founded Donner Institute, arranged in 1962 on the topic of Shamanism. The symposium gathered scholars from the Nordic countries to discuss current research on Shamanism from historical, psychological, methodological and folkloristic points of view. The empirical scene covers the entire world, from Swedish folk religion to indigenous peoples of the Americas and from Hungary to Nepal.

The volume also includes a very important introductory article by the first director of the Institute, Prof. Helmer Ringgren, presenting the institute, its foundation and research policies as well as its aims for the future concerning both research activities and the library upheld by the institute.

The volume is based on papers read at the Symposium on Shamanism held at Åbo on the 6th-8th of September, 1962. Ed. by Carl-Martin Edsman. Stockholm : Almqvist & Wiksell, 1967.

Published: 1967-08-01