Claudia Müller-Ebeling
Freelance scientist, lecturer

Shades of Shamanism - Insights into the Shamanic Worldview - Projections on Shamanism from Outside

Cultures sharing a shamanic worldview, still alive since 60.000 years, deal easily with invisible worlds. Their shamans are skilled experts in altered states of consciousness. Only in trance they are able to heal and solve problems.

Not so us! The monotheist bias of Western civilisations against "all devilish evil" resulted not only in neglecting, yet, even demonising and criminalising this archaic cultural treasure of mankind.
Mueller-Ebeling, cultural anthropologist, author and expert in/of shamanism, explains the shamanic worldview; the importance to take these lessons; and our projections.

Dr Claudia Müller-Ebeling, (born 1956), studied history of art, cultural anthropology, German literature and indology in Freiburg, Hamburg (Germany), Paris (France) and Florence (Italy). She did her PhD on visionary art and French symbolist Odilon Redon. She was formerly employed as art historian in the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg; chief-editor of DAO magazine on far eastern philosophies and martial arts. She has been a co-organizer of several "Psychoactivity"-conferences on altered states of consciousness and shamanism in Amsterdam and Nepal.

Her main foci of interest are visionary art, altered states of consciousness, shamanism and ethnobotany. She has carried out fieldwork on the knowledge of healing plants in the French Caribbean (Guadeloupe) and the Seychelles. And, together with Christian Raetsch, a longterm study (18 years) on Shamanism in Nepal along with expeditions to Korea and the Peruvian and Columbian Amazon. She is the co-author, with Christian Raetsch and others, of "Witchcraft Medicine", "Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas" (available in English by Thames & Hudson, London, and Inner Traditions, Vermont, USA) and "Lexikon der Liebesmittel“ (on Aphrodisiacs). She is also the author of a cross cultural comparative of symbols, signs and patterns. She lives as a freelance scientist, lecturer and author in Hamburg, Germany.