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The Carlos Museum Bookshop stocks hundreds of books on ART, ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY, and MYTHOLOGY for both adults and children, with an emphasis on the ANCIENT CULTURES of EGYPT, GREECE, ROME, the NEAR EAST, the AMERICAS, ASIA, and AFRICA. In addition, we feature a wide range of jewelry, replica ancient statuary, cards, world music on CDs, educational kits and gifts for children, history DVDs, and more. This site is a very small representation of the large selection that you will find in our store, so PLEASE VISIT US! We are located on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, with free parking available on Saturdays and Sundays. Through January 30, 2015, please note that the Museum Bookshop is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 11am to 5pm, and Sunday 1pm to 5 pm. To place a telephone order directly with the Bookshop, contact us at 404-727-0509 during normal business hours.

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The Jaguar Within: Shamanic Trance in Ancient Central and South American Art

The Jaguar Within: Shamanic Trance in Ancient Central and South American Art

The Jaguar Within: Shamanic Trance in Ancient Central and South American Art

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Shamanism--the practice of entering a trance state to experience visions of a reality beyond the ordinary and to gain esoteric knowledge--has been an important part of life for indigenous societies throughout the Americas from prehistoric times until the present. In this pioneering study, Rebecca Stone (faculty/curator at the Carlos Museum) considers how deep familiarity with, and profound respect for, the extraordinary visionary experiences of shamanism profoundly affected the artistic output of indigenous cultures in Central and South America before the European invasions of the sixteenth century. She makes a convincing case that these works, especially those of the Moche, depict shamans in a trance state or else convey the perceptual experience of visions.