J. Farrer

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Post-Tribal Shamanism: A New Look at the Old Ways by Kenn Day
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Author brings up many, many valid points about shamanic practice in contemporary western society. Indeed, the first half of the book is informative, interesting and lays some good foundations. However, when we move into the 2nd half of the book where instructions are given, it becomes clear that the journey place which the author calls 'The Lodge' is his own personal experience. This in itself, if offered as such is acceptable and I have no doubt that beginners may well find it possible to be taken on what is essentially a guided meditation but I wonder how long it will be before conflicts arise within those following this very specific journey method as their practice evolves… Read more
Balkan Traditional Witchcraft by Radomir Ristic
Balkan Traditional Witchcraft by Radomir Ristic
There is a sizeable hole in the ethnographic literature regarding shamanic and witchcraft practices from the Balkans through to Western Europe and although there is academic quality literature available it rarely tends to be translated into English so this peek into practices in this part of the world is invaluable. This book starts to address the deficiency in pagan information from the Balkans. The author makes some clear correlations between earlier shamanic systems and traditional witchcraft in the area whilst clarifying the distinctions and progression which have naturally occurred also. The section on Initiation is most interesting in this regard covering, as it does, varied… Read more
Fire in the Head: Shamanism And The Celtic Spirit by Tom Cowan
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched, 21 Feb 2012
An elegant look at typical shamanic practices evident in classical Celtic liturature and surrounding documentation. For anyone seeking their Western European pagan spiritual roots, this book makes a good start and looks at the similarities between shamanic styles of understanding and practice as offered in the Celtic texts and those of existing shamanic cultures found elsewhere in the world.

I found the book engaging and a good jumping off point for further research via the extensive reference section.

If I had to find a fault it would be the inclusion of a reference to the 'Ring-a-ring of roses' children's song attributed to the black death now that scholars of Folk… Read more

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