On Sharpness and Scholarship in the Debate on “Shamanism”1

  title={On Sharpness and Scholarship in the Debate on “Shamanism”1},
  author={J.David LewisWilliams},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={404 - 406}
Criticism has been directed at the proposition that certain archaeologically known ritual practices and arts may be termed “shamanistic.” Cecelia Klein and coauthors (CA 43:383–419) have attacked the Mayan research of, amongst others, Peter Furst, Kent Reilly, Linda Schele, Joy Parker, and David Freidel. Declaring the use of the words “shaman” and “shamanistic” “symptomatic of some very serious problems in Mesoamerican art studies,” they impute to other researchers a “deliberate [my emphasis… 
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