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An Upper Intermediate Course
For Business English students
Michael Berman

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A bi-monthly magazine with traditional and contemporary stories from all
over the world, plus notes for teachers on how they can be used in the

Michael Berman has a new book out 'The Nature of Shamanism and the Shamanic Story'

The book makes out a case for the introduction of a new genre of tale, the shamanic story, which has either been based on or inspired by a shamanic journey, or contains a number of the elements that are typical of such a journey. The stories featured are the Book of Jonah from the Old Testament, two traditional stories from the Republic of Georgia–The Earth will take its Own and Davit, a contemporary German tale Bundles, and the Korean story of Shimchong, the Blindman’s Daughter. By making use of textual material from a number of different cultures and times, the intention is to highlight the pervasive influence shamanism has had and to show how the “new” genre being proposed is a universal one. The research questions addressed include:
1) defining what shamanism is, deciding whether it should be classified as a religion, a methodology or a way of life
2) considering whether a case can be made out for the introduction of a new genre of tale and, if so, what its characteristics are.

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