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Doctors Of The Dreaming: How The Shamans Of 'primitive' Communism Offer Us A Key To The Communism Of The Future
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 18:45
Alan Cohen is part of a rare species, a marxist who has had a life-long interest in shamanism and the so-called 'mystical' traditions of humanity. Long ago, in 1976, he was awarded a Bachelor of Letters at Oxford for his thesis, 'The Small Grey Bird, a study of forms and patterns in shamanism and ecstatic experience' and, more recently, is the author of 'The Decadence of the Shamans: shamanism as a key to the secrets of communism', published as a booklet by the Radical Anthropology Group in 2012. The PDF of the original 1991 version can be found on the RAG website: http://radicalanthropologygroup.org/sites/default/files/pdf/pub_decadence.pdf
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