- Paperback: 271 pages
- Publisher: Island Lake Pr (June 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964695219
- ISBN-13: 978-0964695214
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spirit of the Rainforest: A Yanomamo Shaman's Story Paperback – June, 1996
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I had devoured a good chunk of the book by the time I turned on my computer and learned the terrible news from New York. I kept reading; there seemed to be a connection. The book is an absolutely mind-blower of a story, but if we were to translate the events it describes into a thesis, one sub-point of that thesis would be: "Mass murder and sincere spirituality are not mutually exclusive, by any means." As Ritchie put it, "(Ex-shaman and Yamomamo Indian Shoefoot) has no problem understanding the Columbine High School massacre or any other killing spree. The spirits of anger and hatred that own and drive a person are spirits he has known personally." It occured to me that we have the same choice as confronts the "converted" village in this book: to seek justice with mercy and caution, and danger to ourselves, or to pass on forgiveness and descend to the level of our enemies. While in Taiwan, I was asked to speak about the relationship between Christianity and Islam, and found myself wishing I'd brought the book along. Jungleman puts so many things so well.
This is not a book you want to read your children to sleep by. It might not even work for your church (still less, coven) book-of-the-month club. Besides being full of violence, its message will be a challenge to skeptics and those who are attracted to the occult. But anyone who is untouched by it, by the pain, beauty, pathos, irony, and danger of being human that it reveals, of living in a spiritual jungle as responsible beings, must have a heart of stone.Read more ›
Perhaps we should ask that question to the Yanomamo themselves, rather than to the anthropologists or the missionaries. Who does speak for the Yanomamo, anyway? Here, for the first time, author Mark Richie allows the Yanomamo to speak for themselves to us. This is truly "a Yanomamo shaman's story," as the book's subtitle says. It is the autobiography of a Yanomamo shaman-chief named Jungleman. He, at least, is weary of his violent society, and fed-up with the anthropologists, too.
Anyone who thinks the Yanomamo culture is idyllic must be a male: The women live in chronic danger of gang-rapes, savage beatings by their husbands, and kidnapping. And men suffer one of the highest homicide rates in the world from the frequent raiding between villages. If you think it's a romantic way of life, why don't you try it?
Non-specialists in Amazonian anthropology may be skeptical of Jungleman's descriptions of the sexual customs of a European anthropologist who the Yanomamo call "Ass Handler." A.H.Read more ›
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True story - I personally have met the subject . A tough read of the tragic life of the Yanomamo Indians in Venezuela, who know only killing, fear and hate, until friends shared... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thule1
Eye-opening story of a real-life shaman whose tumultuous life is restored to peace when he discovers that Jesus Christ has more power than all the other spirits that had been... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Livia
An interesting trip into this ancient community, but somewhat of a rambling story. It gave me a new perspective on their lives and practices, but overall I found the book to be a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rob Marshall
After reading, I guess is the best non fiction book I have ever read. It exposes uncovered trues about Shagnon and pederast Lizot. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fernando
vERY INFORMATIVE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE SPIRITUAL WORLD!Published 3 months ago by Bayo Iribhogbe
One of the best books I have ever read. As a Christian I am daily reading the Bible, I read and re-read it. This is another book I will re-read because it is that intriguing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan Cline
Very heavy reading about Brazilian Tribal life. It will surprise one how this society has developed and how they seemingly learned to use satanic forces within their society.Published 5 months ago by Robert Hucks
Well written story, especially interesting told from the perspective of a jungle man.Published 5 months ago by Nita Brainard