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Haunted Land: Investigations into Ancient Mysteries and Modern Day Phenomena Paperback – November 25, 2003
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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".Read more ›