SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Music, Shamanism and Healing

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2017/2018
Taught in:
Term 1
This course extends beyond the musical to focus on the ritual and ceremonial practices that together can be subsumed under shamanism. Following an overview and discussion of terminology, lectures are given on distinct regional practices. The course relies on up to three EEA visiting lecturers who are expert practitioners, to give specific insights into performance.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The objective of the course is to examine music and other stimuli as core elements in ritual and ceremonial practices which can be considered under the definition 'Shamanism'. The course combines Siberian/ Arctic, East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian shamanic practices, with consideration of  African spirit possession and mediumship, and contemporary urban shamanism and New Age practices.


Two hours per week in Term 1

Method of assessment

Two 2 500 - 3 500 words essays (worth 50% each)


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