Shaman. Journal of the International Society for Shamanistic Research

Honorary Editor in Chief: Åke Hultkrantz

Editorial Board:

Daniel A. Kister, Seoul (Korea)
Gregory G. Maskarinec, Honolulu (Nepal, South Asia and Tibet)
Anna-Leena Siikala, Helsinki (Uralic Peoples)
Giovanni Stary, Venice (Manchu, Xibe, China)
Catherine U. Köhalmi, Budapest (Mongol and Tunguz Peoples)


Mihály Hoppál, Budapest and Ádám Molnár, Budapest

Symptomatic of the growing interest in shamanism, a religious phenomenon current in Eurasia, the Americas and Australia, the International Society for Shamanistic Research (ISSR) was founded at the International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences held in Zagreb in 1988. The journal Shaman, launched by Molnar & Kelemen Oriental Publishers in 1993, was approved as the official publication of the ISSR in the same year. Shamanism being the complex phenomenon that it is, shamanistic studies make fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in the history of religions, anthropology, mythology, folklore, ethnomusicology, ethnochoreography, psychiatry or ethnomedicine. Since it occurs worldwide, Shaman's focus is comprehensive: Turkic, Mongolian, Manchu-Tunguz, Korean, Japanese, Finno-Ugrian, and American Indian subjects are all discussed. In 2004, the 12th volume of Shaman will be published.

As shamanism exists admixed with Christianity, Islam or Buddhism in many areas, Shaman also publishes articles dealing with the relationship of shamanism to these world religions.

Shaman (ISSN 1216-7827) is a annual journal (192 pages per volume) of a strictly academic nature, publishing original articles written in English. In addition, Shaman publishes reviews of current books, films, videos and sound recordings, brief accounts of works in progress and announcements of coming events.