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Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing by [Robert Wolff, Thom Hartmann]

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Robert Wolff (d. 2016) was raised by his Dutch parents among the indigenous peoples of Indonesia. A psychologist and educator who lived at times in Suriname and in Southeast Asia, he also taught at the University of Hawaii.

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The most trenchant wisdom can be found in some of the most primitive people on Earth, as Robert Wolff demonstrates in Original Wisdom. Wolff, once a government psychologist in Malaysia, fell in love with a Stone Age people called the Sng'oi, a people who "had no neuroses, no fears ... had an immense inner dignity, were happy and content, and did not want anything." But he was mystified by their seemingly superhuman powers of knowing. Finally, in an experience of what he calls "oneness," ordinary distinctions dropped away, and he learned that there was a way of knowing beyond thinking. Wolff also describes his encounters in Suriname, Indonesia, and the Pacific islands, demonstrating that far from being primitive, original tribal societies are the last bastions of true humanity. Wary of both anthropologists and shaman wannabes, Wolff follows a middle path of down-to-earth storytelling, making Original Wisdom an original find. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publication Date : August 1, 2001
  • File Size : 2417 KB
  • Print Length : 210 pages
  • Publisher : Inner Traditions (August 1, 2001)
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • ASIN : B005IQ64ZQ
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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