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  • Principles of Shamanism
  • The Ghost Dance: The Origins of Religion
  • The Peyote Cult

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    Principles of Shamanism

    Third Edition

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    by Leo Rutherford

    This updated edition of Principles of Shamanism (a.k.a. Shamanism Today) offers an introduction to shamanism, the oldest spiritual path of them all (at least 50,000 years).
    Shamanism is the oldest way in which humanity has sought connection with Creation. The origins of shamanism go back at least 50,000 years to Stone Age times. All of us have evolved from shamanic cultures, shamanism is not imported, it is our roots wherever we live.
    Anthropologists have studied shamanism in North, Central and South America, Africa, amongst the aboriginal people of Australasia, the Eskimo and Lapps of the far North, in Indonesia, Malaysia, Senegal, Patagonia, Siberia, Bali, Ancient Britain and across Europe, in Tibet where the path of Bon shamanism underlies Tibetan Buddhism - in places all over the world. Leo Rutherford has learned from Inca and Shipibo of Peru, Lakota, Cherokee, Pueblo, Hopi and Ojibway of North America, and from apprentices of the Huichols of Mexico. All over the world there is evidence of shamanic practices from as far back as the palaeolithic period. From ancient cave drawings and similar records it seems that all indigenous peoples shared a similar cosmology, a similar understanding of how the universe works.

    Leo Rutherford is a trained psychotherapist with an M.A. in Holistic Psychology. He has studied with many shamanic teachers including Black Elk, and particularly Inca shaman Don Eduardo Calderon. He runs the Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism in Sussex, England, which features many workshops associated with shamanism, including trance dance (www.eagleswing.co.uk).

    Fully illustrated. Third edition. Resources and notes. 208pp.
    ISBN 9781861714497 & 9781861714831  £14.99 / $22.99 (PBK)
    ISBN 9781861714862  $29.99 / $44.99 (HBK)
     







     
     


    The Ghost Dance: The Origins of Religion

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    by Weston La Barre

    The classic work by Weston La Barre on the origins of religion is now back in print. This masterpiece explores shamanism, Native American spirituality, ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian religon, and contemporary theories of religion.

    Weston La Barre (1911-1996) is best known for his work in anthropology and ethnography, in which he drew on the theories of psychoanalysis and psychiatry. Born in Uniontown, PA, La Barre studied at Princeton and Yale, and later taught at Rutgers, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Duke universities. La Barre conducted field work across North and South America, and later through India, China, Africa and Europe. He studied the Plains Indians and their peyote cult with Richard Evans Schultes (which resulted in the 1938 book The Peyote Cult). La Barre’s masterwork is The Ghost Dance: The Origin of Religion (1970), which draws together his explorations of shamanism, world religion, Native American culture, altered states of consciousness and the use of drugs in belief systems. His other books include The Human Animal (1954), They Shall Take Up Serpents (1962), Culture In Context (1990), and Muelos (1985).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   696pp
     

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781761712769   £30.00 / $45.00
     
     



     
     

    The Peyote Cult

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    by Weston La Barre

    The classic work on the use of peyote and other drugs in religious rituals and practice.

    The Peyote Cult by Weston La Barre (1915-1996) is the classic work on peyotism, originating in La Barre’s studies of the use of peyote in the rituals of fifteen Native American tribes in the 1930s. It has been revised many times. This is the latest edition (the fifth, enlarged edition), now back in print.
       For decades, readers on peyotism have enjoyed Weston La Barre's fascinating original study, which began when the author at age twenty-four, studied the rites of Native American tribes using Lophophora williamsii,
    the small, spineless, carrot-shaped peyote cactus growing in the Rio Grande Valley and Southward.
        The Peyote Cult includes discussions of contemporary drug culture and experiments with altered states of consciousness and psychedelic drugs, including Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert and Carlos Casteneda. La
    Barre looks at the legal aspects of drug use, ritual drug use (including in the Native American Church), and the increasing spread of peyotism from the South-West to other Native American tribes. La Barre also explores
    related issues, such as anthropology, economics, chemistry, botany, pharmacology, and archeology.
     

    The Peyote Cult is still quite generally considered to be the one outstanding work on peyote… La Barre follows the search for the ‘mystic experience’ through use of chemical substances - a new fashion albeit as old as history - in an unusually objective manner.

    Richard Evans Schultes, Psychedelic Review


    Weston La Barre (1911-1996) is best known for his work in anthropology and ethnography, in which he drew on the theories of psychoanalysis and psychiatry. Born in Uniontown, PA, La Barre studied at Princeton and Yale, and later taught at Rutgers, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Duke universities. La Barre conducted field work across North and South America, and later through India, China, Africa and Europe. He studied the Plains Indians and their peyote cult with Richard Evans Schultes (which resulted in the 1938 book The Peyote Cult). La Barre’s masterwork is The Ghost Dance: The Origin of Religion (1970), which draws together his explorations of shamanism, world religion, Native American culture, altered states of consciousness and the use of drugs in belief systems. His other books include The Human Animal (1954), They Shall Take Up Serpents (1962), Culture In Context (1990), and Muelos (1985).
     

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations   356pp
     

    PAPERBACK    ISBN 9781761713032    £14.99 / $22.99
     
     

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