Woman in the Shaman's Body Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine

ISBN-10: 0553379712

ISBN-13: 9780553379716

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Authors: Barbara Tedlock

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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. Shamanism was not only humankind’s first spiritual and healing practice, it was originally the domain of women. This is the claim of Barbara Tedlock’s provocative and myth-shattering book. Reinterpreting generations of scholarship, Tedlock–herself an expert in dreamwork, divination, and 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. 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 women’s 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 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100

Dennis Tedlock is McNulty Professor of English and Research Professor of Anthropology and Barbara Tedlock is Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Reclaiming History
Old Wisdom
Healing and the Seekers of Knowledge: What Shamans Do
Handprints on a Cave Wall: Women Shamans in Prehistory
Summoning Whales, Serpents, and Bears: Women Shamans in History
The Disappearing Act: How Female Shamanism Was Eclipsed
Shamanic Traditions in Action
The Mystical Union: Eroticism, Ecstasy, and Trance
Riding the Wind Horse: A Shamanic Performance
Crossroads Between Worlds: The Power of Dreaming
The Dolphin Wore Diamonds: Following the Path of Dreams
Song of the Coneflower: Herbalism and Plant Power
The Flowery Dream: The Shamanic Use of Psychedelics
The Female Cycle: Menstruation, Birth, and Creation
Butterflies in the Moonlight: Blood Magic
The Sacred, the Dangerous, and the Forbidden: Menstrual Taboos as Feminine Power
Calling Forth the Spirits: Birth, Ritual, and the Midwife's Art
Tied to the Fabric of the Sky: Weavers and Celestial Goddesses
Lightning in the Shadows: A Midnight Healing Seance
The Power of Gender and Shamanic Revitalization
Uniting Separate Realms: Gender Shifting in Shamanism
Brave Acts and Visions: Women Warriors and Prophets
Rekindling the Flame: Shamanic Revitalization and Reconstruction
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