By Barbara Tedlock
A unique anthropologist–who can also be an initiated shaman–reveals the long-hidden lady roots of the world’s oldest type of faith and medication. here's a attention-grabbing excursion into this historic culture, from its prehistoric beginnings to the paintings of girls shamans around the globe today.
Shamanism used to be not just humankind’s first religious and therapeutic perform, it was once initially the area of girls. this can be the declare of Barbara Tedlock’s provocative and myth-shattering publication. Reinterpreting generations of scholarship, Tedlock–herself knowledgeable in dreamwork, divination, and healing–explains how and why the position of ladies in shamanism used to be misinterpreted and suppressed, and provides a blinding array of proof, from prehistoric African rock artwork to fashionable Mongolian ceremonies, for women’s shamanic powers.
Tedlock combines firsthand bills of her personal education one of the Maya of Guatemala with the wealthy checklist of girls warriors and hunters, non secular publications, and prophets from many cultures and occasions. Probing the practices that distinguish girl shamanism from the far better recognized male traditions, she reveals:
• the main function of physique knowledge and women’s eroticism in shamanic trance and ecstasy
• the feminine kinds of dream witnessing, imaginative and prescient questing, and use of hallucinogenic drugs
• Shamanic midwifery and the non secular powers published in childbirth and per thirty days girl cycles
• Shamanic symbolism in weaving and different female arts
• Gender moving and male-female partnership in shamanic practice
Filled with illuminating tales and illustrations, the girl within the Shaman’s physique restores girls to their crucial position within the heritage of spirituality and celebrates their carrying on with function within the all over the world resurgence of shamanism at the present time.
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