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Where the Spirits Ride the Wind : Trance Journeys and Other Ecstatic Experiences - Felicitas D. Goodman

Where the Spirits Ride the Wind

Trance Journeys and Other Ecstatic Experiences

Paperback Published: 22nd August 1990
ISBN: 9780253205667
Number Of Pages: 256

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"The book is clearly written for the general reader and includes many descriptions of trance experiences. It may serve as a good introduction to the nature and appeal of the shamanic revival in modern Western cultures." -- Theological Book Review

..". a case study in experiential anthropology that offers a unique mix of autobiography, mythology, experiential research, and archaeological data to support a challenging thesis -- that certain body postures may help induce specific trance states." -- Shaman's Drum

"This is a spellbinding and exceptionally readable book by an extraordinary woman." -- Yoga Journal

"And suddenly the understanding of my own vision washed over me like a mighty wave... For life or for death, I was committed to that mighty realm of which I was shown a brief reminder, the world where all was forever motion and emergence, that realm where the spirits ride the wind." -- from the Prologue

Goodman reexamines our notions of the nature of reality by studying the ritual postures of native art assumed by her subjects during trance states. For readers desiring to discover this world of ancient myths, she has included a practical guide on how to achieve such ecstatic experiences.

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"The book is clearly written for the general reader and includes many descriptions of trance experiences. It may serve as a good introduction to the nature and appeal of the shamanic revival in modern Western cultures." - Theological Book Review " ... a case study in experiential anthropology that offers a unique mix of autobiography, mythology, experiential research, and archaeological data to support a challenging thesis that certain body postures may help induce specific trance states." - Shaman's Drum "This is a spellbinding and exceptionally readable book by an extraordinary woman." - Yoga Journal "And suddenly the understanding of my own vision washed over me like a mighty wave ... For life or for death, I was committed to that mighty realm of which I was shown a brief reminder, the world where all was forever motion and emergence, that realm where the spirits ride the wind." --from the Prologue

Prologue I. The Search for the Spirits One: The Call of the Old People Two: Getting in Touch with the Spirits: The First Discoveries Three: The Old Ones Remember Four: A New Path Opens Five: The Way of the Spirits II. The Postures and What They Have to Offer Six: Going on a Spirit Journey Seven: The Many Faces of Divination Eight: The Gift of Healing Nine: Female Powers of Healing Ten: Changing Shape-The Shimmering Game Eleven: Celebrations Twelve: The Pit of Death and the Psychopomp Thirteen: Life Everlasting III. Myths of the Eternal Present Introduction The Emergence Story Coyote Comes Calling The Man of Cuautla A Maya Whistle The Story of Kats and His Bear Wife The Spirits and the Wounded Tree of Life In the Land of Centaurs and Mermaids Conclusion: The Twilight of the Spirits Appendix: Some Practical Points Notes Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780253205667
ISBN-10: 0253205662
Series: A Midland Book
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 22nd August 1990
Publisher: INDIANA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.32

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