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5.0 out of 5 stars The Primal Spiritual Tradition, October 7, 2005
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This review is from: Shamanic Wisdomkeepers: Shamanism in the Modern World (Hardcover)
_As this excellent book points out first thing, shamanism is the primal ground from which all our spiritual traditions first immerged. This is because it deals with the other world, the world beyond death. That is one of the common truths that keep coming out in interview after interview with living shamans from ten different traditions. Another of these truths is that you don't choose to become a shaman- the spirits choose you. Nor is it a matter of ego, for the shaman seeks to transcend the ego barriers that separate him or her from becoming one with both this world and the next.

_The author chose ten modern day shamans that had the feel of authenticity and integrity. That feel comes across in the interviews, for beyond a brief and perceptive introduction, he lets his subjects speak for themselves. As the author states, he didn't select these people, he merely held a vision of the kind of people who he wanted in his book- and they found their way to him.

_The range of traditions is broad, but they are all clearly speaking of the same experience- but with differing details and emphasis. It is a truly global sampling: Cherokee and Seneca , Dagara (West Africa), Amazonian, Kahuna (Hawaiian), Tibetan, Celtic, Santo Daime, Mayan, Apache, and Australian.

_The book is well illustrated with both full-color pictures of the Shamans, as well as of the land to which they are connected. There is a listing of contact addresses to reach both the contributors and organizations. There is a full index.
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