Shamanic origins of religion and medicine.

@article{Barre1979ShamanicOO,
  title={Shamanic origins of religion and medicine.},
  author={Weston La Barre},
  journal={Journal of Psychoactive Drugs},
  year={1979},
  volume={11},
  pages={7-11}
}
  • W. L. Barre
  • Published 1979
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
When we mention "the world's second oldest profession," everyone understands immediately the ladies to whom we refer. But when we speak of "the world's oldest profession," these individuals are not so immediately identified. The world's oldest profession is that of the shaman or first professional, the shaman is ancestor not only to both the modern medicine man or doctor and the religionis priest or divine, but also ancestor in direct lineage to a host of other professional types. It would seem… 
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