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Product Details

  • Series: Song of the Stars
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books; Revised, New Edition of Song of the Stars edition (October 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892811293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892811298
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“V. Credo Mutwa paints a stunning picture of the complex world of Zulu cosmology and traditions. The colorful array of stories and the science of healing he offers with humility take us into the heart of African ancestral wisdom. His courage in revealing to the world what would otherwise remain hidden commands respect and reverence.” (Malidoma Somé, author of The Healing Wisdom of Africa and Of Water and the Spirit)

"Zulu Shaman is a special and fascinating glimpse into an all but vanished world." (SirReadaLot.org, February 2004)

"He weaves a rich tableau of mother godesses and tricksters amidst a climate of discrimination, urbanization and violence." (Eric Lerner, Ashe!, February 2004)

"Mutwa's friendly, personal writing is accesible, making the book suitable for general readers." (David Paulsen, New Age Retailer, May/June 2004, Vol.18 No.3)

". . . the rich amount of folklore and spiritual stories found throughout the book creates a very inviting atmosphere for the reader." (The Cauldron Brasil, October 2006)

"This book is a good addition to the knowledge of African spirituality as well as being a personal account that for sure will benefit the spiritual journeyman from all edges of the compass." (The Cauldron Brasil, Oct 2006)

“I cannot recommend this book enough and tell you to get it as soon as you can and delve into its depths to learn the ways of the Zulu shaman. It is unforgettable and I could easily read it over and probably will in the future.” (Jeffery Pritchett, The Church of Mabus)

“There is medicine for the soul here. One feels Credo Mutwa’s wonderful humanity and the genius of his people in these stories.” (Luisah Teish, author of Jambalaya and Carnival of the Spirit)

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“V. Credo Mutwa paints a stunning picture of the complex world of Zulu cosmology and traditions. The colorful array of stories and the science of healing he offers with humility take us into the heart of African ancestral wisdom. His courage in revealing to the world what would otherwise remain hidden commands respect and reverence.”
Malidoma Somé, author of The Healing Wisdom of Africa and Of Water and the Spirit

“There is medicine for the soul here. One feels Credo Mutwa’s wonderful humanity and the genius of his people in these stories.”
Luisah Teish, author of Jambalaya and Carnival of the Spirit

In this rare window into Zulu mysticism, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa breaks the bonds of traditional silence to share his personal experiences as a sangoma--a Zulu shaman. Set against the backdrop of post-colonial South Africa, Zulu Shaman relays the first-person accounts of an African healer and reveals the cosmology of the Zulu.
Mutwa begins with the compelling story of his personal journey as an English-trained Christian schoolteacher who receives a calling to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps as a shaman and keeper of folklore. He then tells the stories of his ancestors, including creation myths; how evil came to the world; the adventures of the trickster god Kintu; and Zulu relations with the “fiery visitors,” whom he likens to extraterrestrials. In an attempt to preserve the knowledge of his ancestors and encourage his vision of a world united in peace and harmony, Mutwa also shares previously guarded secrets of Zulu healing and spiritual practices: including the curing power of the sangoma and the psychic powers of his people.
Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, resides in Pretoria, South Africa, near Johannesburg, where he continues to sculpt, paint, and teach Zulu lore. His book Indaba, My Children has become a classic of African literature.

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This book is a wonderful introduction to African traditional beliefs, practises, legends, rituals and mythology.
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I t was hard to put this book down!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa is a "sangoma" (a Zulu Shaman who has chosen to go beyond the traditional boundaries of silence). Edited by Stephen Larsen, Zulu Shaman: Dreams, Prophecies, And Mysteries is the autobiographical story of Mutwa, an English-trained Christian schoolteacher who followed the calling to become a shaman and keeper of folklore even as his grandfather once was. Presenting powerful stories and myths of creation; how his ancestors came to the world; tales of gods and evil beings; and visions to promote peace and harmony, Zulu Shaman is a unique work of spiritual insight and Zulu mysticism which is an invaluable contribution to African Metaphysical Studies reference collections and reading lists.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kaioatey on January 5, 2005
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Here we get a fascinating account of how a Zulu shaman gets called to his profession and what healing and divination entail in the context of South African native healers (sangomas). Mutwa brings in details that I haven't seen anywhere else... for example, how divination bones, the essential aspect of sangoma art, are obtained and how a combination of plants and energy are used in healing mentally and physically sick people. He talks about ancient power objects held in storage by his tribe and about the knowledge, accumulated by his tribe of hundreds of years, of the alternate reality that one can encounter in the bush. Above all, this book allows one to one witness the sophistication of the Zulu, including their techniques for training and retraining the initiate's perception and awareness.

This is a valuable book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Dudgeon on January 2, 2010
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The chapters on the ET's in the this book are phenomenal i read this book like i was a sponge absorbing the knowledge and wisdom from credo like i was a small child. Excellent, exciting and frightening at the same time. It is hard to find information on particular ET races but Credo has had so much first hand experience as many in Africa have from these beings, which are told in the stories from the dogon tribes. The Myths, legends and the cultures are fascinating and full of spirit!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ramon Thomas on March 6, 2011
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This book is a wonderful introduction to African traditional beliefs, practises, legends, rituals and mythology. This book was first published under the title, Song of the Stars in 1996. It has since been republished as Zulu Shaman from 2003 onwards. The Dark Continent is how Africa has often been described. This is clearly how Western people have always seen Africa. Are we savages, are we backwards or are we simply being judged without understanding?

Great thanks have to be extended to Luisah Teish and Stephen Larsen who helped made this book possible. It is unconceivable to most in South Africa, the impact that Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa has had the world over. This book illustrates the wealth of traditional knowledge from Africa that is potentially lost to the world without the oral tradition being put into writing. So although many taboos have been broken, it is has become necessary.

Some astonishing people are mentioned in the book like JJ Hurtok, Dr John Mack, and other luminaries. These people and others have for decades come from all over the world to seek out the ancient wisdom contained in this book.

The Way of the Witchdoctor is Credo's personal journey and initiation into the ancient African shamanic traditions. The Great Goddess emphasise the importance of the sacred feminine in African spirituality. Of Goddesses and Gods shows how African values or morals are relayed through stories. Tales of the Trickster contains humour from stories about the great trickster Kintu. The Song of the Stars explores extra-terrestrial origins in African mythology from Dogon, to the Massai, to the Zulu people. The Common Origin of All Humanity begins to move into Mutwa's personal philosophy and worldview.
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Credo has many stories to tell us ,they are fascinating,and very true ,a great read I have also heard his interviews.
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For someone from a Western background who has experienced an intuitive call to learn about different ancient traditions, this book is a valuable learning tool that provides true African insight to mysteries and sacred history that offers food for thought. The book is not necessarily about just Shamanism but includes more knowledge that others outside this Sacred tradition would typically never be privy to. Credo Mutwa is a renowned Sangoma in the Zulu Tradition and shares insightful knowledge from an ancient mystical tradition, not a traditional history for the rational or linear mindset. But if you can open your mind and enjoy ancient myth, spiritual traditions and prophecy from an African(Zulu) perspective, it is definitely worth reading. A rare NATIVE AND FIRSTHAND look inside this particular tradition and worldview.
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