Author: Malidoma Patrice Some
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101177204
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?The stories within these books have the poignancy of new discoveries as well as the unworn imagination of the ancestors. The commentary has the sharp edge of modern thought and the intricacy which results from the intellect being woven through the ritual complexities of tribal life. The purpose of constructing thresholds that bring this world together is to find the powers that can heal the rends in tribal as well as modern communities.? --Michael Meade, from the IntroductionVersed in the languages of psychology, comparative literature, as well as ancient mythology, healing, and divination, Malidoma Patrice Some bridges paths between the ancient tribal world of the West African Dagara culture and modern Western society. Ritual is written with wild imagination, careful critical reflection, and intuitive insights that will force the reader to encounter the world anew.

The healing wisdom of Africa

Author: Malidoma Patrice Somé
Publisher: J P Tarcher
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The author relates the spiritual traditions and wisdom of his people, a West African tribe known for its healing powers, and shows readers how to use them to discover their own purpose and connect with their communities. Reprint.

Experiencing Ritual

Author: Edith Turner
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812203984
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Experiencing Ritual is Edith Turner's account of how she sighted a spirit form while participating in the Ihamba ritual of the Ndembu. Through her analysis, she presents a view not common in anthropological writings—the view of millions of Africans—that ritual is the harnessing of spiritual power.

Ritual Theory Ritual Practice

Author: Catherine Bell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199760381
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Ritual studies today figures as a central element of religious discourse for many scholars around the world. Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice, Catherine Bell's sweeping and seminal work on the subject, helped legitimize the field. In this volume, Bell re-examines the issues, methods, and ramifications of our interest in ritual by concentrating on anthropology, sociology, and the history of religions. Now with a new foreword by Diane Jonte-Pace, Bell's work is a must-read for understanding the evolution of the field of ritual studies and its current state.

Entering the Healing Ground

Author: Francis Weller
Publisher: Wisdom Bridge Press
ISBN: 9780983599920
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This book explores the values inherent in grief, the multiple ways grief courses through our lives, the necessity of community and ritual to adequately release our sorrows and how to work with the obstacles we face that inhibit the free expression of our grief. Through story, poetry and insightful reflections, Francis offers a meditation on the healing power of grief.

Deeply Into the Bone

Author: Ronald L. Grimes
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520236750
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"There is no other book even remotely like this. Deeply into the Bone is an exceptional, imaginative book on the topic of rites and the shaping of human life. Grimes is one of the few people who ably combines scholarly disciplines and perspectives with firsthand narratives, literary essays, films and observations of general culture. He is unquestionably a first-rate author and thinker, and this is an unquestionably magnificent book."—Lawrence Hoffman, author of Covenant of Blood "Deeply into the Bone is guaranteed to change our minds about ritual. Using a global and ethnic array of rites new and old, Grimes shows that contrary to popular belief, the ritual marking of life passages is anything but universal. By teaching us how to think comparatively we see that rites of passage are enduring rituals not for their uniformity, but because they serve as cornerstones for cultural and spiritual creativity and innovation."—Madeline Duntley, College of Wooster

Of Water and the Spirit

Author: Malidoma Patrice Somé
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780140194968
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"A vision that encompasses two worlds and weaves the lessons of both into a fine tapestry."?Clarissa Pinkola Éstes.

African American Spirituality Thought Culture

Author: Phyllis Baker
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595442315
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African-American Spirituality, Thought & Culture delves into the mysterious and the sacred sciences of African-American people by examining aspects such as dreams, prophecies, healing traditions, spiritual processions, and other cultural aspects that has informed and guided many in the culture for hundreds of years.

The Natural Medicine Guide to Depression

Author: Stephanie Marohn
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
ISBN: 9781612830377
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Make Depression a Thing of the Past Depression is startlingly widespread in the U.S., with some 30 million people-nearly one out of ten people-taking Prozac to alleviate symptoms. One in four women will have clinical depression in their lifetime, as will one in eight adolescents or men. Yet even with so many on antidepressants, depression remains rampant and nobody is getting truly healed. Why? The answer is that the true causes of depression are not being treated, explains medical journalist Stephanie Marohn. Drawing on the successful clinical results of 11 practitioners from different fields of natural medicine she shows convincingly how depression can be reversed for good, without drugs. By treating the underlying causes of depression, rather than suppressing the symptoms as most pharmaceutical drugs do, you can have lasting recovery. So what does cause depression? Marohn identifies 16 different causes, from chemical and heavy metal toxicity to hormonal imbalances, t o food allergies and neurotransmitter deficiencies to intestinal problems and psychospiritual issues. And what heals it? Marohn reviews a rich array of successful, nondrug-based treatment approaches including applied psychoneurobiology, chelation, allergy elimination, neural therapy, anthroposophic medicine, acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, CranioSacral therapy, flower essences, visceral manipulation, shamanic healing, and more. Marohn also draws from real-life patient stories to show how healing from depression works. It's all backed by science and clinical results. You don't have to learn how to cope with depression. The uplifting message of The Natural Medicine Guide to Depression is that you can actually heal your depression through proven treatments from natural medicine.

The Shaman s Cross

Author: Edgar Martin del Campo
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1483515699
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Living for several months among Aztec and Otomí villages in Veracruz, anthropologist Edgar Martín del Campo discovered a native spirituality with deep connections to Mexico's ancient civilizations. His memoir tells of the profound wisdoms he received while exploring their supernatural world, through revelations that would forever change his life. Edgar Martín del Campo had already been following magic-based practices before arriving into the villages, and this tale is about how his pursuits of spiritual knowledge and psychic development collided with the natives' own traditions—as well as their hardships. "The Shaman's Cross" follows the real-time course of milestone events through nine months in Mexico between 2004 and 2005, including sacrifices to nature gods, visits to ancient temples, confrontations with evangelical missionaries, and the observances of sacred holidays. Through these encounters Martín del Campo explores how modern Mesoamerican religions retain their ancient foundations. Thus he came to appreciate the resilience of their most fundamental principles from millennia ago. The most important teachings come from communal knowledge, insights shared among ritual specialists and lay villagers alike: the living and powerful qualities of the universe, and Man's ritual responsibilities to ensure its harmony. "The Shaman's Cross" also highlights how the Aztec and Otomí peoples have creatively incorporated Christianity into their native traditions, such as the Days of the Dead and harvest thanksgivings. The memoir's six parts are named after maize growth stages to compare with the author's spiritual development through the tale. They also feature digressions connecting the events at hand to other life milestones, to illustrate how reflections from native villages pertain to his daily life—and perhaps others'. With vivid details that are grounded in professional anthropology, "The Shaman's Cross" is one of the most authentic and comprehensive personal accounts of Mesoamerican spirituality, with comparisons across Mexico's Precolumbian, colonial, and modern epochs. It provides valuable lessons on the modern relevance and responsibilities of indigenous knowledge. shamanscross.com