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Ogresta, Mario. (2018). Vision Quest. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Chair of Anthropology. [mentor Heršak, Emil].

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Vision quest understood sensu stricto represents a rite of passage widely present among the native peoples of North America. Simultaneously taken broadly it also signifies a shamanic ecstatic technique found in significant number of cultures with shamanic religious elements. To elucidate on the difference between vision quest as a shamanic ecstatic rite and a social rite of passage to further clarify the social and historical context of the vision quest, it is necessary to establish and analise the terminology and phenomenology of shamanism. The rituals and techniques of shamanic traditions are described in detail for the purpose of better understanding of the central theme and the role of the shaman in the spiritual life, while the concepts of the ritual, trance and the social importance of the dreams and visions are further elaborated upon. Lastly the search for a vision as found among Native Americans is examined, where it represents the juncture between childhood and adulthood. Furthermore, the traditions of Dane-zaa, Nez Percé and Lakota Sioux cultures are comprehensively presented. The instances of this phenomenon are evaluated for similarities and differences through the comparison of cultural accounts, meaning of the rituals on an individual, group and societal levels, and the importance of the ritual for determining social roles and creation of the common spiritual narratives.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: rite of passage, nativ peoples of North America, shamanic ecstatic rite, ritual, trance
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Chair of Anthropology
Supervisor: Heršak, Emil
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2018 11:42
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2018 11:42

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