Filipino Tattoos Ancient to Modern
Tattooing is a very old and spiritually respected art form that has existed in many different cultures around the world. This is the first serious study of Filipino tattoos, and it considers early accounts from explorers and Spanish-speaking writers. Through the fascinating text and over 200 images, including color photographs and design drawings, the deep meanings and importance of these markings becomes apparent.
Bowl of Light
The "Bowl of Light" represents the light or spark of the divine that illuminates each soul from within, starting at the first breath. Most people's negative life choices, those that injure others, fill this bowl with stones until the light nearly goes out. As told to Hank Wesselman by Hale Kealohalani Makua, one of Hawaii's greatest ancestral leaders and shamans. From their first meeting grows an abiding friendship, and the enduring spirit of aloha runs throughout the recounting: "to be in the presence of divinity; or in the presence of (alo) the divine breath of life (HA)." Eventually the relationship is cemented by a duplicate ancestral walking stick.
Taoist Shaman: Practices from the Wheel of Life
In the Taoist Shaman, Master Mantak Chia and Kris Deva North explain the shamanic principles of the Taoist Medicine Wheel, how it is oriented on the Five Elements rather than the Four Directions, how it relates to the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac and the trigrams of the I Ching, and how it aligns with the Eight Forces of the Pakua. Through illustrated teaching stories, the authors show how the energetic principles of each of the Eight Forces are reflected in the Eight Immortals. Revealing the wheel’s application to sacred sexuality, they offer exercises from the “Wheel of Love” to strengthen and deepen relationships as well as providing a means to access the Tao of Ecstasy.
Shamanic Journeys, Shamanic Stories
A shamanic journey is one that generally takes place in a trance state to the sound of a drumbeat, through dancing, or by ingesting psychoactive drugs, in which aid is sought from beings in other realities, generally for healing purposes or for divination. A shamanic story has either been based on or inspired by a shamanic journey, or one that contains a number of the elements typical of such a journey. In this collection of fascinating journeys and stories, Michael Berman reveals the healing nature of shamanic practice.
The Woman in the Shaman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine
A distinguished anthropologist – who is also an initiated shaman–reveals the long-hidden female roots of the world’s 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.
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.