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This essay explores socio-philosophical meanings of shamanic cultures and practices and
their affirmation and revival. What is their potential significance for humanity’s future? I
argue that shamanism engages humans in practices that put us potentially at the center of
our creativity and creative visioning. The trickster figure, a pervasive indigenous presence,
so often seems pivotal in this process and this pervasively male figure plays an important
part in this regenerative interpretation of postmodernism; in fact, postmodernism can be
understood as trickster. Just like the trickster, the nature of postmodernism is ambiguous.
I explore this ambiguity and suggest that shamanic practices and paradigms may inspire a
way out of our contemporary conundra with trickster help. This essay is concerned with
paradigmatic issues, it presents broad brush strokes rather than ethnographic details. Its
form attempts to honor trickster storytelling.
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Kremer, J. W. (2012). Kremer, J. W. (2012). Postmodern trickster strands in shamanic worlds. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31(2), 63–71.. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31 (2). https://doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2012.31.2.63
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