Saturday, December 26, 2009
BOOK: Shamanic Journeys Through the Caucasus. By Michael Berman
Cover: Maka Batiashvili
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: O Books (December 16, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
As I read your book, I keep thinking of how much time, effort and research it must have involved, and wondering how long it took you to write it. Quite amazing and really admirable. There's a mine of information in there! -- Ana Ransom, teacher and translatorI found the book 'Shamanic Journeys through the Caucasus' deeply interesting. How refreshing to find a book about shamanism that has a balance of sound research and rare original stories. -- Angela Davis, shamanic practitioner and artistThe wonderful stories in this book convey the continuing relevance of the pagan understanding of the unity of all being, as well as the shaman's healing journey between numinous and material semiospheres. -- Dr Julienne Ford, former lecturer at the London School of Economics and the founder of the publishing company Superscript
Everything shifts in the Caucasus, blown by some of the strongest winds on earth. Even the ground moves, splintered by fault lines. In early Georgian myths, it is said that when the mountains were young, they had legs - could walk from the edges of the oceans to the deserts, flirting with the low hills, shrouding them with soft clouds of love. (Griffin, 2001, p.2).
But what about those aspects of life which remain relatively constant - the traditional practices of the mountain people, the practices that are reflected in their folktales and their folklore? It is these constants that this study concentrates on, in particular those that relate to shamanism.
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