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The Woman In The Shaman's Body

Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Bantam
 | 
December, 2005
ISBN:
9780553379716
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$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Shamanism was not only humankind’s first spiritual and healing practice, it was originally the domain of women, claims Barbara Tedlock. Reinterpreting generations of scholarship, Tedlock—herself long experienced in dreamwork, divination, and shamanic healing—explains how and why the role of women in shamanism was misinterpreted and suppressed, and offers a dazzling array of evidence, from prehistoric African rock art to modern Mongolian ceremonies, for women’s shamanic powers.

The Woman in the Shaman’s Body combines firsthand accounts of the author’s own training among the Maya of Guatemala with the rich record of women warriors and hunters, spiritual guides, and prophets from many cultures and times. Probing the practices that distinguish female shamanism from the much better known male traditions, she reveals:

ª  The key role of body wisdom and women’s eroticism in shamanic trance and ecstasy

ª  The female forms of dream witnessing, vision questing, and use of hallucinogenic drugs

ª  Shamanic midwifery and the spiritual powers released in childbirth and monthly female cycles

ª  Shamanic symbolism in weaving and other feminine arts

ª  Gender shifting and male-female partnership in shamanic practice.

Filled with telling stories and illustrations, The Woman in the Shaman’s Body restores women to their essential place in the history of spirituality and celebrates their continuing role in the worldwide resurgence of shamanism today.

“The definitive book on women’s shamanism—its history, the way it is activated, and its particular roots in the woman’s body and in her powers of creation and procreation. The book is simply written, full of real stories, real dreams, and real shaman journeys. It will be a treasure for all adventurous women.” —Edith Turner, author of Experiencing Ritual

“Barbara Tedlock did a brilliant job of weaving together her own story of shamanic initiation along with an incredible depth of research.” —Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval

Publisher’s Description: 

A distinguished anthropologistwho is also an initiated shamanreveals the long-hidden female roots of the worlds oldest form of religion and medicine. Here is a fascinating expedition into this ancient tradition, from its prehistoric beginnings to the work of women shamans across the globe today.

Shamanism was not only humankinds first spiritual and healing practice, it was originally the domain of women. This is the claim of Barbara Tedlocks provocative and myth-shattering book. Reinterpreting generations of scholarship, Tedlockherself an expert in dreamwork, divination, and healingexplains how and why the role of women in shamanism was misinterpreted and suppressed, and offers a dazzling array of evidence, from prehistoric African rock art to modern Mongolian ceremonies, for womens shamanic powers.

Tedlock combines firsthand accounts of her own training among the Maya of Guatemala with the rich record of women warriors and hunters, spiritual guides, and prophets from many cultures and times. Probing the practices that distinguish female shamanism from the much better known male traditions, she reveals:

The key role of body wisdom and womens eroticism in shamanic trance and ecstasy

The female forms of dream witnessing, vision questing, and use of hallucinogenic drugs

Shamanic midwifery and the spiritual powers released in childbirth and monthly female cycles

Shamanic symbolism in weaving and other feminine arts

Gender shifting and male-female partnership in shamanic practice

Filled with illuminating stories and illustrations, The Woman in the Shamans Body restores women to their essential place in the history of spirituality and celebrates their continuing role in the worldwide resurgence of shamanism today.


From the Hardcover edition.A distinguished anthropologist reveals the female roots of the world’s oldest form of religion and medicine, and celebrates women’s role in the worldwide resurgence of shamanism today. Reinterpreting generations of scholarship, Tedlock explains how and why the role of women in shamanism was misinterpreted and suppressed, with illuminating stories, illustrations and evidence. She also describes her own shamanic training among the Maya of Guatemala and the rich record of women warriors and hunters, spiritual guides, and prophets from many cultures and times. Now in paper.

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