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Author Topic: Shamanism books?  (Read 10054 times)
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« Reply #2: July 24, 2007, 08:47:24 pm »

Is anyone familiar with either of these books?:

Fire in the Head:  Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit, but Tom Cowan
Shamans/Neo-Shamans:  Ecstasies, Alternative Archeologies, and Contemporary Pagans, by Robert J. Wallis

If so, any comments?

I'm not familiar with Wallis' book, but did recently read Cowan's.  It's very heavy on Celtic myth and legend, most of which I've seen in other Celtic sources.  Honestly, I wasn't overly impressed.  If you're looking for a how-to guide on shamanism, this definitely is not the book.  If you want to see someone try to apply shamanism to historical Celtic practices, it's an okay read, but I think he streches his theories a little thin at times trying to prove them.

Still, any book on shamanism has to be better than McCoy's By Oak, Ash, and Thorn, which seems at times to be a poor rip-off of Cowan's work, with her particular bent to it.  {bangs head on desk-- I'll never get back the time I spent reading that tripe}. 

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