- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (July 18, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571743049
- ISBN-13: 978-1571743046
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Andean Codex: Adventures and Initiations among the Peruvian Shamans Paperback – July 18, 2005
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An exhilarating and aesthetically lovely adventure, an intimate glimpse into a timeless way of life that embodies the ethical, moral, and spiritual principles for which so many in the Western world are searching. J. E. Williams has gifted us with an extraordinarily fine contribution to our understanding of indigenous wisdom, and in the process, he has created very good medicine indeed! --Hank Wesselman PhD, anthropologist and author of the Spiritwalker Trilogy, The Journey to the Sacred Garden, and Spirit Medicine
Dr. Williams provides the clarity of a high-altitude mind sharpened by many years in the mountains. This is a sensitive, true-to-life study of native people. The author's photographs are as wondrous and life-affirming as his observations and writing. --Gerald Hausman, author of The Kebra Nagast: The Lost Bible of Rastafarian Wisdom and Faith from Ethiopia and Jamaica
From the Author
I have been in search of the "secret" of the Andes since 1970. I believe that the ancient native American civilizations attained a high level of culture, knowledge about astronomy and the natural environment, and had a spiritual tradition equal to Egypt, India, or China. After 1492, a massive disruption of life and environment occurred from European diseases, guns, and steel swords. I went on a quest to find what remained of these teachings.
In the Peruvian Andes, I found that the Q'ero preserved much of this wisdom. Between 2000 and 2004, I journeyed to Peru six times and once stayed for two months. During this time, I was exclusively with the Q'ero shaman, Sebastian, whom I introduce in The Andean Codex, who shared with me the fundamental principles by which they lead their lives. These principles includes Ayni - the way of reciprocity, along with three principles of balanced living, and Kawsaypacha - the world of living energy. These five principles make up the Andean Codex. They are intimately linked within a world where humans and all life interact on equal terms. I discovered that what the Q'ero embrace is exactly what modern Westerners are missing. So, I set upon a mission to convey these teachings to every one.
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Thank you Mr. Williams for inviting me to join you on this 'vicarious' adventure which produced 'real' awakenings.
My husband equally is enjoying the adventure. I have recommended it to others as well.
This is one of the best adventures & initiations among the Peruvian Shaman's I have read.
This book has allowed me to remember all of the teachings I learnt in Peru.
Search no more with this book. The simple but thruthful answers are all here.
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