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Haunted Land: Investigations into Ancient Mysteries and Modern Day Phenomena Paperback – November 25, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (November 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749923571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749923570
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,284,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Devereux is an experienced and respected author, researcher and lecturer. - He has written or co-written over 20 books including Secrets of Ancient and Sacred Places, The Secret Language of the Stars and Planets and the Piatkus Guide to Earth Mysteries. - He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Society for Scientific Exploration (US); the Scientific and Medical Network; the Folklore Society; the Traditional Cosmology Society; the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness (US) and the Society for Psychical Research. - He is also a columnist for the Fortean Times, a Research Fellow of the International Consciousness Research Laboratories and associate producer and contributor to various television documentaries.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lance M. Foster VINE VOICE on November 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Paul Devereux has been a leading researcher of earth mysteries and sacred landscapes for decades, and anything he writes on these subjects are required reading for those interested in the mysteries of the landscape in human perception. Following is an overview of this book.

Part 1, "Shamanism and Ancient Mysteries of the New World" discusses rock art and linear rock arrangements in the desert southwest of the U.S.; chapters in part one include "Signs of the Spirits" and "Patterns of Power."

Part 2, "Shades of Shamanism in the Old World" compares the shamanic landscapes of Part 1 with the author's search for similar landscape features in Europe such as leylines. However he finds that Europe focused on "pathways of the dead" (corpse ways, doodweg) and their association with fairies, witchcraft and night battles, the Wild Hunt, and night creatures, though there are indications of an ancient thread connecting Europe's funerary landscapes with Central Asian shamanism. Chapters in part two include "Death Roads and Funeral Paths" and "The Secret Life of Old Europe."

Part 3, "The Invisible Country" looks at the numinous landscape of Europe through anthropology, archaeology, and folklore. Chapters in part three include "Last Voyage to Avalon," "Fairies, Witches and Werewolves", and "The Mysterious Ways of the Gods." Some of the high points for me in this part was how people's spirits become part of the land after death, and how unwanted "spirit traffic" can be interrupted through devices like "witch traps" and labyrinths, or shifted as "church lines".
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More About the Author

Paul Devereux (b.1945) is co-founder and managing editor of the peer-reviewed 'TIME & MIND - The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture', now a Routledge publication (www.tandfonline.com/rtam), a research affiliate (2007-current) with the Royal College of Art, and archaeology columnist with 'Fortean Times'. He has written over two dozen books since 1979, which has kept him pretty busy! He also gives lectures,presentations and workshops in the UK, Continental Europe and the USA. His main research interests include the study of ancient sacred sites and landscapes, sound at archaeological sites, and the anthropology of consciousness (ancient worldviews) along with modern consciousness studies. He has visited many monuments and ancient places around the world, and has directly experienced some strange phenomena, so his research interests are not merely academic. In his books he maintains a factual basis without shying away from challenging subject matter.You can see (and hear) some of his acoustic research involvement at www.landscape-perception.com, and his website is: www.pauldevereux.co.uk.