"The stuff of anthropological bestsellers . . . a flight of serious fancy, confounding our categories of fiction and nonfiction."
(New York Times)
"Interspersed with direct journal excerpts, the story is told with a rich mix of narrative, mythic and colloquial images. Given the transitional nature of Villoldo's experience, his is an excellent story to serve as an introduction for the uninitiated to the belief system and cultural traditions of the Quechua masters."
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ANTHROPOLOGY / SHAMANISM
A deft balance of Western psychology and native wisdom, novelistic drive, and touchingly human characters.
--San Francisco Chronicle
The stuff of anthropological bestsellers. . . . A flight of serious fancy, confounding our categories of fiction and nonfiction.
--New York Times Book Review
A vital, well‑written, and exciting tale of one man’s exploits in the real real world, as he seeks a reunion with Nature, the unconscious, the powers of healing, and the naked facts of life and death. --San Diego Tribune Dance of the Four Winds
recounts the adventures of the American psychologist Alberto Villoldo as he journeys to Peru to explore the visionary ceremonies of the native shamans. Here Quechua masters use the jungle plant ayahuasca to further their spiritual progress along the four paths of the Medicine Wheel. Entering a magical realm of enigmatic sorcerers and powerful animal totems, Villoldo confronts the hidden powers of his own mind as he unlocks the secrets of the human psyche.
ALBERTO VILLOLDO, Ph.D., is also the author of Island of the Sun
, Healing States
, and Realms of Healing
. Erik Jendresen is a playwright and screenwriter.