Ritual Encounters: Otavalan Modern and Mythic Community
This book examines ritual practices and public festivals in the Otavalo and Cotacachi areas of northern Andean Ecuador's Imbabura province. Otavaleños are a unique group in that they maintain their traditional identity but also cultivate a cosmopolitanism through frequent international travel. Rituals have persisted among this ethnic community as important processes for symbolically capturing and critically assessing cultural changes in the face of modern influences. Ritual Encounters thus offers an appreciation of the modern and mythic community as a single and emergent condition.
Ema's Odyssey: Shamanism for Healing and Spiritual Knowledge
"This is a unique and inspiring story—a woman’s shamanic adventures in other worlds over ten years, narrated and recorded as they happened. By narrating her experiences while in those realms, the anonymous Ema offers the reader the opportunity to be with her step by step as her magical odyssey unfolds under the listening ear of Sandra Harner, her experienced shamanic counselor.
Shaman's Secret: The Lost Resurrection Teachings of the Ancient Maya
The Shaman's Secret is the most comprehensive documentation yet of the extraordinary spiritual forces that governed life for the ancient Maya. Shattering the misconceptions of the Maya as violent, barbaric people, Gillette puts the distasteful acts of bloodletting and human sacrifice into proper context and demonstrates the more important aspects of Maya culture. As Gillette deciphers sacred artwork, hieroglyphics, myths, and artifacts, he shows how entire cities mysteriously disappeared into enveloping jungles, taking with them a vast, untapped treasure of the human spirit.
The Science of Shamanism: Millenary Model for an Integrative Worldview
This book provides a synthesis of realms of knowledge that hitherto were either blinded out from human consciousness or that were seen from a disparaging perspective that is in turn the result of mental and emotional fragmentation. Shamanism, perennial science traditions and modern science have been relegated to different cognitive and experiential realms; they were seemingly different topics, while in reality, they belong systemically together. The need for this book is evident in a time where an intuitive and integrative approach to life and living is more and more replaced by academia and scientific authorities ,
Entheogens and the Future of Religion
A study of the importance of psychedelic plants and drugs in religion and society, With contributions by Albert Hofmann, R. Gordon Wasson, Jack Kornfield, Terence McKenna, the Shulgins, Rick Strassman, and others. He book explores the importance of academic and religious freedom in the study of psychedelics and the mind. Exposes the need for an organized spiritual context for entheogen use in order to fully realize their transformative and sacred value