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Baby boomers, aging Senior parents, their caregivers and loved ones who are dealing with imminent life-transition, intelligent, intuitive Young Adults, Fine-art Aficionados, as well as all spiritual Seekers, will find this book to be a powerful lift for the Soul, as well as an introductory learning tool.
The mythologies and cosmology of Amazonian shamanism materialize in fantastic color and style in this unique, large-format volume, representing the fruit of several years of collaboration between a Peruvian folk artist/shaman and a Colombian anthropologist/filmmaker. (Paperback)
The first comprehensive guide to the shamans and tantrikas of Nepal
- 605 color and black-and-white illustrations, including 135 color thangkas.
- Includes more than 20 psychoactives never before documented.
- The result of 18 years of field research.
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal may be the only culture in the world where both shamanic and tantric techniques are still alive and in full practice today. The result of eighteen years of field research, Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas presents for the first time a comprehensive overview of shamanism that is based on the knowledge and experience of the different tribes from that region. Included are original statements from the various ethnic groups and 135 color thangkas, which act as visual guides to the specific practices of the tantric tradition. In addition to the thangkas, the book is lavishly illustrated with numerous photos of different shamanic healing ceremonies, ritual objects, and culturally significant plants that have never been published before. The book also contains a wealth of original recipes, smoking mixtures, scientific tables, charts, and descriptions of more than 20 plants whose psychoactive properties and uses by shamans have never before been researched or documented.
In a uniquely personal account of the lives and healing arts of female shamans in northern Peru, the author alternates diaristic writings about her own experiences with ethnographic description. These alternate with chapters in which she describes the crisis that rocked her identity, her first contact with a female healer, and her own tumultuous but ultimately rewarding healing journey under two female shamans. 17 photos.
"This book is a comprehensive ethnographic survey of the uses of tobacco in nearly three hundred Indian societies in South America...This meticulously written book ...is an awesome piece of scholarship which should be of interest not only to Wilbert's fellow anthropologists but also to scholars in medicine, pharmacology, and history, especially ethnohistory." - Virgil J. Vogel, Ethnohistory