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Il fuoco nella testa - Uno studio sullo Sciamanesimo celtico

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Uno studio sullo sciamanismo e l'immaginazione celtica: analizza i miti, i racconti, gli antichi poeti e narratori celtici, descrivendo le tecniche usate per accedere al mondo degli sciamani.

Lo sciamanismo è essenzialmente un modo di vedere la realtà, e allo stesso tempo per agire all'interno di questa visione della realtà.
Lo sciamano percepisce l'universo in mod diverso d
Paperback, 264 pages
Published 2006 by Crisalide (first published May 14th 1993)
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S. Harrell
On my shelf of shamanist titles, this one sits prominently figured. Cowan presents the traditional fantastic experiences of the shaman in an amazingly receivable framework. His experience of archetypes in well-known myths and legends opens one to the ability to read all things symbolically, thus, as the dynamic spiritual presences that they are. To that end I regard Cowan as a shapeshifter of symbols, not an interpreter of them. His telling of olde tales connects their spirit with a modern audie ...more
Few people see high school as a time when you ~find yourself~ -- that's for university; your twenties. High school is for being screwed up and hormonal, holding on for dear life as life explodes around/in you, and consuming, consuming, consuming formative shit.

I consumed a lot of formative shit in high school -- and two of those things relate to this book:
1) my interest in mythology/paganism/Wicca
2) my first (and still) favourite band, the Tea Party

The Tea Party is a Canadian east-meets-west roc
For mythology to folktales~and also ones outside of the paradigm of Celtic magic ~ its world alone is explored in this well broken down book. From Robin Hood to Cuchulain, and other not so well known hero archetypes; explore their make-up and comparative heros. Shamanism is a wonderful study and this book is a great one, even for those who have not read a great deal previouly on Irish history specifically or Shamanism itself. For those that have it has excellent comparative writings as well as ...more
This book is a great book that gives an introduction to shamanism and the Celtic Spirit. Tom Cowan gives a wonderful introduction on the problem of Celtic shamanism, which is a must read for anyone trying to walk this path.

Tom Cowen talks about the different kinds of Shamanic experiences and outlines the important components of Celtic Shamanism. This book is a must read if you are going to follow the Celtic Shamanism path or is trying to incorporate it into your own brand of Celtic path.
Nice comparison of Celtic spirituality with traditional shamanism. The author (Tom Cowan) comes from a background of core shamanism (Michael Harner)which is a modern approach to shamanism that strips it of any culture and tradition. How can you practice shamanism without culture and tradition? I guess that's why Mr. Cowan wrote this book, because he knew he needed some depth to the practice of core shamanism so he made a nice comparison to the wonderful culture of the Celts.
May 03, 2008 Lia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book and need to buy it! Everything it went over felt so familiar to me... it was like remembering how to swim or ride a bike.

One of those rare books I actually want to read AGAIN. =)
Honestly, I read this book over 10 years ago. If I recall properly, it describes the experiences of modern (celtic) shamanism, it's trance traditions and mythological roots. 10 years later I read Julian Jaynes' "Origins of Conciousness" which added a wonderful and controversial consciousness evolution theory on shamanic experiences, modern and otherwise. While reading Jayne's book, I often nodded in recognition from what I'd remembered reading in "Fire in the Head."
Excellent introduction to Celtic Shamanism by a dear friend. I read it long ago. I've journeyed with him, and I've done a weekend intensive at Breitenbush years ago. I'm glad he is still teaching. If it were more my path I would travel with him through Ireland, what a way that would be to experience the ancient traditions. Alas, not this lifetime.
Tommy /|\
My second red of the book. Prepared with a lot more knowledge of what Shamanism is, and what Celtic Spirituality is....I was a little more disappointed with the book than I was the first time I read it.There's a lot of good historical information contained within, particularly on Shamans around the world.
I went through a phase of being very interested/involved with Native American shamanism, but since I'm into the Celt/Irish deal, I thought this book would be a great hybrid. And it is.
I really liked the fact that the author made comparisons with other cultures all around the globe rather than singling out the Celts as the only ones with this type of shamanism.
Enjoyable overview of Celtic shamanism. Easy to read. a bit redundant from other books I've read on the deeper meanings of the Grail stories, but good nonetheless.
This is a great book. A leisurely exploration of Celtic society past and present with a great survey of traditinoal shamanism from Siberia to South America.
It was interesting to see the connections made between faeries and other beings and a faeryland with various types of other worlds/death.
Very interesting! Talks about things like the triple death and talking heads of dead people. An amazing book with lots of insight.
Very interesting. A combination of academic and spiritual knowledge, tied in with a bit of entertaining folklore and stories.
Love this book on Celtic spirit and shamanism - I'm am going to reread this during my vacation week!
Ah, the Celts and the wonderful connection to the land of faeries, the green and the animal kingdom.
Zerahel of LeavesoftheTree
A good book on Celtic Shamanism - I am getting ready to re- read it -- Will share more later.
Very good book. I didn't think I'd like it that much, but it really moved me.
This is looking very good so far...
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“Mystical insight and enlightenment occur when the veil between the worlds is lifted, the worlds are bridged, the gap closes, and we cross over.” 10 likes
“Just as twilight is neither light nor dark, but a bit of each, so is the middle head, face, or person representative of that magical blend of two opposing energies. The shaman is the twilight child, born from the union of the masculine world of light and conscious awareness and the feminine world of darkness and unconscious awareness. Shamans are at home in both worlds: in that magical space and time shimmering between these worlds, that point of consciousness 'betwixt and between' and 'neither this, nor that,' flickering at the edge of twilight.” 0 likes
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