Altered States of Literature: Shamanic Assimilation and Romantic Inspiration / Estados alterados de literatura: assimilação xamânica e inspiração romântica

Marcel de Lima Santos


Abstract: This article deals with the connections between the assimilation of certain shamanic practices related to Romantic inspiration in English literature. The interest in the world of altered states of consciousness as a manifestation of the sacred is typical among Romantic writers in nineteenth-century England. These writers in fact sought the manifestation of the world of dreams by means of ingesting substances that alter consciousness, thus assimilating a practice that is likewise and primarily shamanic. This search is the object under investigation in this article, which aims at showing that, despite conspicuous cultural differences, there are indeed similarities that pervade shamanic practices and the Romantic ideal in their quests toward the sacred.

Keywords: shamanism; romanticism; assimilation.

Resumo: Este artigo trata das conexões entre as assimilações de certas práticas xamânicas, relativas à inspiração romântica na literatura de expressão inglesa. O interesse no mundo de estados de consciência alterada como uma manifestação do sagrado é típico entre os escritores românticos na Inglaterra do século 19. Esses escritores, de fato, buscavam a manifestação do mundo dos sonhos pela ingestão de substâncias que alteram a consciência, assimilando, portanto, uma prática que é igual e primordialmente xamânica. Essa busca é o objeto de investigação deste artigo, que procura mostrar que, apesar das diferenças culturais mais conspícuas, similaridades permeiam as práticas xamânicas e o ideal romântico em suas peregrinações ao sagrado.

Palavras-chave: xamanismo; romantismo; assimilação.


shamanism; romanticism; assimilation; xamanismo; romantismo; assimilação.

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Aletria: Revista de Estudos de Literatura
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