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THE DECADENCE OF THE SHAMANS
shamanism as a key to the secrets of communism
by Alan Cohen
Unpopular Books, LONDON, 1991, Produced by Salamander Press, Thanks to Union Place Community Resource Centere and Island Centre. New, Softcover Magazine Format. 40 Pages.
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Present day civilisation -- capitalist civilisation -- is dying. As it collapses in blood and horror, posing a grave threat to the very future of the planet, more and more people have been looking to the tribal communities of the past to find proof that a more human society is possible. In particular there is a growing interest in the visionary healers and poets who played such a central role in these communities -- the shamans.
This booklet argues that the real contribution to human culture made by the old-time shamas will be re-appropriated not through the individual solutions offered in the salons of the New Age, but in the context of the free activity of humanity in a society without money, classes or states -- ie. a communist society which has begun to flower on its own basis.
It will be evident to the reader that the communism discussed in this work has nothing to do with the monstrous Stalinist regime which was not only the gravedigger of the 1917 workers' revolution, but also showed it capitalist nature by completing the violent destruction of the tribal communities which existed in the territories of the 'Soviet Union'. In addition to the mass deportations and the genocides, shamanism itself was crime punishable by death in the 1930s. Marx, by contrast, defined communis as "the complete restoration of man to himself as a social, ie. human being, a restoration which has become conscious and which takes place within the entire wealth of previous methods of development". The future communist society will thus restore the immense 'spiritual' wealth of the primitive societies, but on a higher and more conscious level.
Part I: Interpreting the Myth of the Fall
A Version of the Myth
The Universal Lost Paradise
Turning Eliade the Right Way Up
A Word from Peret
Losing the Friendship of the Animals: The Origins of Alienation
The Shaman in History
The Psychoanalysis of the Fall: Phylogenesis
The Psychoanalysis of the Fall: Ontogenesis
Part II: Grandeur and Limits of the Shaman's Vision
The Grandeur of the Shamas
The Techniques of Shamanic Initiation: Dreaming While Awake, Awake While Dreaming
Regaining the Friendship of Animals
The Lost Art of Flying
From the Collective Unconscious to the Conscious Collective
Limits of the Shaman's Vision: Body and Soul Must Unite, the World Must Change
The Secrets of Communism