Secrets Of The Talking Jaguar

Author : Martin Prechtel
ISBN : UVA:X004608359
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A shaman and leader of the men's movement offers a glimpse into the complex culture of contemporary Mayan village life and spirituality
Category: Biography & Autobiography


Author : Harry G. West
ISBN : 0226894053
Genre : History
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On the Mueda plateau in northern Mozambique, sorcerers are said to feed on their victims, sometimes "making" lions or transforming into lions to literally devour their flesh. When the ruling FRELIMO party subscribed to socialism, it condemned sorcery beliefs and counter-sorcery practices as false consciousness, but since undertaking neoliberal reform, the party—still in power after three electoral cycles—has "tolerated tradition," leaving villagers to interpret and engage with events in the idiom of sorcery. Now, when the lions prowl plateau villages ,suspected sorcerers are often lynched. In this historical ethnography of sorcery, Harry G. West draws on a decade of fieldwork and combines the perspectives of anthropology and political science to reveal how Muedans expect responsible authorities to monitor the invisible realm of sorcery and to overturn or, as Muedans call it, "kupilikula" sorcerers' destructive attacks by practicing a constructive form of counter-sorcery themselves. Kupilikula argues that, where neoliberal policies have fostered social division rather than security and prosperity, Muedans have, in fact, used sorcery discourse to assess and sometimes overturn reforms, advancing alternative visions of a world transformed.
Category: History

The Complete Idiot S Guide To Shamanism

Author : Gini Graham Scott
ISBN : 9781440695780
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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You're no idiot, of course. You know that shamans are also known as medicine men and women, who use the power of the mind and call on spiritual helpers to heal the afflicted. However, this ancient art has been put to more modern uses, including problem solving, empowerment, and personal mastery. But you don't have to trek through steamy Amazonian jungles or frigid Siberian tundra to become enlightened in the ways of shamanism! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shamanism' will show exactly how to discover your own shamanic power and how that power will guide you in your everyday life! In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get: -Shamanic history, from its origins in Paleolithic times to its spreading influence today. -Power animals, where to locate them and how they communicate with you. -How to take a shamanic, travelling through the Lower, Upper, and Middle Worlds, and exploring your past or future. -Shamanic healing techniques in use with modern medicine.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Fearless Confessions

Author : Sue William Silverman
ISBN : 9780820331669
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Everyone has a story to tell. Fearless Confessions is a guidebook for people who want to take possession of their lives by putting their experiences down on paper--or in a Web site or e-book. Enhanced with illustrative examples from many different writers as well as writing exercises, this guide helps writers navigate a range of issues from craft to ethics to marketing and will be useful to both beginners and more accomplished writers. The rise of interest in memoir recognizes the power of the genre to move and affect not just individual readers but society at large. Sue William Silverman covers traditional writing topics such as metaphor, theme, plot, and voice and also includes chapters on trusting memory and cultivating the courage to tell one's truth in the face of forces--from family members to the media--who would prefer that people with inconvenient pasts and views remain silent. Silverman, an award-winning memoirist, draws upon her own personal and professional experience to provide an essential resource for transforming life into words that matter. Fearless Confessions is an atlas that contains maps to the remarkable places in each person's life that have yet to be explored.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Burden Of The Ancients

Author : Allen J. Christenson
ISBN : 9781477309971
Genre : Social Science
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In Maya theology, everything from humans and crops to gods and the world itself passes through endless cycles of birth, maturation, dissolution, death, and rebirth. Traditional Maya believe that human beings perpetuate this cycle through ritual offerings and ceremonies that have the power to rebirth the world at critical points during the calendar year. The most elaborate ceremonies take place during Semana Santa (Holy Week), the days preceding Easter on the Christian calendar, during which traditionalist Maya replicate many of the most important world-renewing rituals that their ancient ancestors practiced at the end of the calendar year in anticipation of the New Year’s rites. Marshaling a wealth of evidence from Pre-Columbian texts, early colonial Spanish writings, and decades of fieldwork with present-day Maya, The Burden of the Ancients presents a masterfully detailed account of world-renewing ceremonies that spans the Pre-Columbian era through the crisis of the Conquest period and the subsequent colonial occupation all the way to the present. Allen J. Christenson focuses on Santiago Atitlán, a Tz’utujil Maya community in highland Guatemala, and offers the first systematic analysis of how the Maya preserved important elements of their ancient world renewal ceremonies by adopting similar elements of Roman Catholic observances and infusing them with traditional Maya meanings. His extensive description of Holy Week in Santiago Atitlán demonstrates that the community’s contemporary ritual practices and mythic stories bear a remarkable resemblance to similar cultural entities from its Pre-Columbian past.
Category: Social Science

Holistic Nursing

Author : Barbara Montgomery Dossey
ISBN : 9781284072679
Genre : Medical
File Size : 27.88 MB
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Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, Seventh Edition continues as the definitive resource for holistic nursing for both students and professionals. Completely updated and revised, it includes seven new chapters on creative expressions in healing, herbs and dietary supplements, holistic leadership, holistic nursing education, self-care and self-development, advanced holistic nursing practice, and advanced integrative health and well-being practice demonstrated through case study exemplars. With an ideal blend of theoretical and practical content, the Seventh Edition features Dr. Dossey’s Theory of Integral Nursing, including an update on global nursing and the UN Millennium goals. Important Notice: The digital edition of this book is missing some of the images or content found in the physical edition.
Category: Medical

American Indian Religious Traditions A I

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ISBN : 9781576075173
Genre : Indian mythology
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Written from an American Indian perspective with input from religious scholars and community leaders, this pioneering reference work explores indigenous North American religions and religious practices and rituals.
Category: Indian mythology

Spiritual Development For Beginners

Author : Richard Potter
ISBN : 9780738707501
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 28.47 MB
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Focusing on spiritual growth as both a universal and personal process, the authors provide a wealth of mystical insight and techniques, centering around breath, light, sound, and visualization from an abundance of spiritual traditions, that will help readers become a "whole person." Original.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Securing The City

Author : Kevin Lewis O’Neill
ISBN : 9780822349587
Genre : History
File Size : 64.68 MB
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Anthropologists and historians examine how postwar violence in Guatemala City is reconfiguring urban space, transforming the relationship between city and country, and exacerbating structures of inequality and ethnic discrimination.
Category: History

The Eighth Arrow

Author : Donald N. Panther-Yates
Genre : Religion
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The Tihanama Nation has probably escaped your attention. That was their plan. One of the last migratory tribes in North America, they range from the Great Lakes to the Florida Panhandle. Their language is an isolate, unrelated to the languages of surrounding nations. You may have heard it in the song "Wendeyaho," commonly but mistakenly called the Cherokee Morning Song. And yet, as a trading people who interacted annually with dozens of other nations between the Mississippi River and the Appalachians, their story and traditions provide the "missing link" that will change your understanding of and appreciation for the depth of Native American wisdom teachings. We believe THE EIGHTH ARROW is the most comprehensive look at these people, their language and traditions yet published.
Category: Religion