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American Shaman: An Odyssey of Global Healing Traditions by Jeffrey A. Kottler

By Jeffrey A. Kottler

Written for therapists, students, clergy, scholars, and people with an curiosity in non-traditional therapeutic practices, this publication tells the tale of Bradford Keeney, the 1st non-African to be inducted as a shaman within the Kung Bushman and Zulu cultures

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Jon pressed. Keeney nodded. ” He looked thoughtful for a moment, looking so intently out toward the horizon we thought he’d spotted another wild creature. This was our first visit to Africa, so we were anxious to see a giraffe or a lion or at least an elephant. “But I don’t want to get into academic hair-splitting,” Keeney said finally, “when we try to differentiate spiritual categories of experience. Finding your way to ecstatic communion with the divine characterizes both shamanism and mysticism.

There were thick branches stacked together like logs, then held together by mud and grasses. Grass was piled on top as a roof. Around the perimeter of the camp, the Bushmen had placed a rough fence of camelthorn branches, the sharp points facing outward. This was designed to keep lions and other predators from getting inside. Nelson explained all this to Peter and Brad, then muttered to himself that it was too bad it didn’t do much to keep the black mamba out. ” Peter asked. “Black mamba. It’s a snake,” Nelson answered.

While Peter waited in the truck to see if it was safe, Nelson, their interpreter, ran to catch up with Keeney. ” he thought to himself, not for the first time. “Come on, Nelson,” Keeney whispered urgently. ” Keeney walked right up to the three men standing there and found himself drawn to the one in the middle, an older man with a wrinkled face and white, short-cropped hair. Without giving the matter any thought, Brad put his arms around the old man, who embraced him in return. As soon as they made contact, Keeney felt himself begin to shake—his arms, his upper legs, but mostly his stomach and chest.

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