:. Absolutely Stunning. Like the Saints themselves sent this book to me, at the time I needed it. I mean that quite literally; I found 'Santora' lying:. Absolutely Stunning. Like the Saints themselves sent this book to me, at the time I needed it. I mean that quite literally; I found 'Santora' lying abandoned on an outside coffee shop table, quite alone. I collect books, i can't help it, and this one had a particularly Awe-inspiring South American/Mexican Cover, and looked either self published or small press, but i never judge by the cover...
The author is what many would call a "Genuine Santo," (or "Saint" - meaning a Full Priest of Santeria - though I don't think she would call herself that, as most of what she describes practicing, having learned it from her mother and her mother's mother; both of whom she is forced to live with even though she is almost forty years young and still drop dead gorgeous.
Her family seems to be particularly and specifically practitioners of "Curandismo," which ultimately is a collection of rituals, prayers, and fairly trivial practices like: cracking open a white egg after resting it in a glass of water under your bed for one night, Next morning the 'Curandismo,' cracks open the egg and depending what comes out tells them what, if anything, need be done for their client. Used to treat all manner of ailments for, well, 3000 years at least I think.
The Author & main character are one of the very few last Shamanic Remains of the last of the Aztec Indians powerful Medicine (gee i hope im correct abut the "Aztec" part...) though this fact is never once actually mentioned by her. She is narrating her real life to the reader, to us, to the world that cannot, by it's very nature, understand her. Because the other half of her is that she seems to be just naturally Psychic, seeing auras and spirits normally & such - Her confessional, almost her catharsis diary is this book & though we are very different people indeed; I cried many times for her, just in the first half alone.
Her 100% accurate descriptions of a real world Magickal life is so blase and almost bored-sounding, though; All those powers she chooses at first mostly to view as "Curses". But these "Gifts" which are isolating her from the world at this time in her life, not helping her integrate, because she is so tired or bored or just plain scared to use them.
The reason i give this book 5 stars in this authors sheer braveness in sharing honestly and in a simple manner which anyone can understand: The Kind of Problems _We_ "Santeros" have to deal with all the time!! I've never before read such an honest admission of one's possible failings about such a topic. I have been through many almost identical situations and i, myself, have my own fair share of psychic power too, which is exactly why i love this book. It's the firsst plain, honest explanation of how it can feel to be Psychic.
I think she lives in the Mission, where I often am & Pray that i will get the joy of meeting her one day (though with my SF History its quite possible we have met, at least at one large ritual)...
END, for me. Eentially, about 75% through it has gotten so dark and sad for her that I cannot even continue to read because it hurts so much, feeling her pain as i do. So i never finished it technichally, but will one day.
Anyone new to the "Yoruba-Diaspora-Santeria" world should read this for homework. Very Well done. <33 ...more
Finding this book made me feel like a child again, for a few moments, having never even imagined that such a book even existed, or that if it did it wFinding this book made me feel like a child again, for a few moments, having never even imagined that such a book even existed, or that if it did it would have no accuracy. Some books can be tossed after read, some books you like to save - but would toss if you had to move in a hurry or something, and some books read once and are so proud to own you put it on your shelf as a Treasure, rarely to be touched again.
I was so enthralled with the information in vol. 3 that I just ordered Vol 1 & 2 (and I am really, really not the type to "own" books).
The artwork in this book is jawdropping (of course; the Artists had nothing but Time to practice, in Prison an all)), but it is the ever-interwoven seams of Politics, Culture, Religion, and even Occultism - which are sometimes very deeply hidden, taught me that there has been an "Anti-Jewish" White Section of Prisons at least as far back as the 1800's, maybe much further, and more ominous to me the factual statement written in blood that black magik was actively, if very secretly and only by the elite, being practiced on a vast scale inside all Russian Prison's... I guess one has to get kicks somehow.
The only thing keeping me from giving this 5 stars was that some of the writing and data was very poor and often needlessly repetative. Of course, maybe that's just because this is Vol. 3; I can't wait to get Vol 1 & 2 in da Mail. Speciba....more
The BEST of his MegaTrends Series (which I'm actually SURPRISED to Discover my iPad Spellcheck actually KNOWS!). This book is more masterfully craftedThe BEST of his MegaTrends Series (which I'm actually SURPRISED to Discover my iPad Spellcheck actually KNOWS!). This book is more masterfully crafted and better thought out than either of the previous two... So well thought out, in FACT, that he PUT HIMSELF OUT OF BUSINESS by writing it! At least the business of Writing about Government/Commodity Futures.
Because the changes written about, in this relatively OLD BOOK, are STILL coming to Pass, some of them yet to happen. China moves its enormous feet very, very Slowly, with Great Patience and Care. Japan has learned to be quiet as possible, it's vast Zaibatsu's and non-officially-affiliated Arms, moving and infiltrating carefully, cunningly. While Korea N. Korea plays STRAW MAN, doing whatever it wants, unimaginably advanced Digital Warfare Capacity, blabbing about Nuclear Malarky and other such hoo-haw.
Besides a good Author and Proven Future Forecaster; John Nesbit is a Truly Wise and Kind Individual, who almost radiates Warmth and Contentment. He muBesides a good Author and Proven Future Forecaster; John Nesbit is a Truly Wise and Kind Individual, who almost radiates Warmth and Contentment. He must be doing _Something_ Right! At least so are my 11-year-old Memories from 1990, when my father, World Renowned Architect Theodore W. Brown (http://www.tbrownarchitect.com), Custom-Designed a Massive and Awesome Log-Cabin-esq Mansion for John in Telluride, Colorado, later featured in Architectural Digest.
John and his equally impressive wife Patricia Aburdine(at the time, now I am pleasantly surprised to learn, she is a Future Forecaster, herself!)were both working on MegaTrends 2000, after the Super-Success of John's Prediction's in MegaTrends were ALL COMING TO PASS... At Christmas, John gave me an Authentic Hopi Bear Fetish, of Green Stone, with a Lapis-Lazuli Arrowhead tied to his back, as my name "Barrett" is Teutonic and means "Mighty as a Bear, or Bear-Like," thus one of the most thoughtful gifts I've ever been given. His wife gave me a bizarre 15,000 year-old Fossilized Fish of some Type, still half-carved in rock (Perhaps Future Forecasting my Academic Calling to Anthropology?), which my mother assured me, to my utter befuddlement, had cost a Small Fortune. I never quite understood that Fossil... But it stayed with me for many years and I'd look at it Quizickly, from time to time.
That Christmas John gave me one of the Kindest and most Insightful COMPLIMENTS that, I think, anyone has ever given to me. Spoken to my Father, within earshot; "That boy is so far in front of the Parade, most people don't even realize that he is _in_ it!" <3...more
On page 115, of the 2003 Random House copy of this book, there is an apparent TYPO, first Paragraph, eighth line down, "Nacron (a "preservative EgyptiOn page 115, of the 2003 Random House copy of this book, there is an apparent TYPO, first Paragraph, eighth line down, "Nacron (a "preservative Egyptians used for Mummification)" should actually be "Natron."
Besides that, and a few other typos, I found this book epically worth studying. Besides making a brief mention of Eric Von-Danniken, one of my favorite Anthropologists ever, Ivan carelessly states that Von-Danniken "made up" his "spaceman theory," a horrible misnomer as the actual Acheological Evidence says that The Egyptians themselves believed several of their Gods came from the Binary-Star System "Sirius," and indeed both Egyptian and Mayan/Aztec Pyramids are laid out Astronomically, often oriented to Sirius. Likewise numerous studies of the Dogon Tribe of West/Central Africa have some Astonomical knowledge of the Sirius Star system which we "Modern's" did not know until the Hubble Telescope.
Though filled with Sources and Citations, Ivan falls short in a few areas. First, he ends up treating the Pre-Columbian, South American Natives in exactly the same manner as he accuses others of treating Africa!!! Namely, he insists that all the "major civilization improvements" came directly from "revered and Conquering" Africans. And though he spends many pages proving exactly how easy it is to get to South America from Africa and back; He never once speculates the very obvious possibility that TRADE WENT BOTH WAYS! Even on his chapter dedicated to the "Mystery of American Tobacco in Africa," he never once submits, that maybe, just maybe, South American Natives brought Tobacco to Africa.
He also shows an incomplete knowledge of West African Religions and customs. In an early chapter about how the African Gourd reached America he says something like," it makes no sense that an African of that time would simply put a gourd full of seeds in the Ocean to drift away..." ACTUALLY, that makes PERFECT SENSE! West African's of that period often made offerings to the Ocean, a gourd filled with seeds would be most appropriate.
Finally he gives no heed at all to the "Hundredth Monkey Theorem," which came after him time, but still informs us that it IS POSSIBLE for two different humans, separated by distance, and unable to communicate; CAN AND DO come up with "the same" Ideas, at the same time.
So; a very, very good book. I learned a ton. But, as always, read carefully, read critically, and read between the lines!...more
Despite the cover and glossy pictures of Cannabis, this book is chock full of Psychopharmacology, Ethnobotany, Neuroscience, Horticulture, American AnDespite the cover and glossy pictures of Cannabis, this book is chock full of Psychopharmacology, Ethnobotany, Neuroscience, Horticulture, American Anthropology and even Political Science! One does NOT NEED to "grow Cannabis" to learn a _lot_ from this book! Don't let the cover fool you...
That having been said, now that I have finished it, I can not say I am very Impressed with this book. Besides the Psychopharmaceutical and Anthrobotanical Academic Information contained in Chapters 1-5; I found the rest of this book a WASTE. Pretty Pictures, but that's it. Want to grow come Cannabis for your Grandmother's Glaucoma? I recommend an "Old Fashioned" Gardening Book. It's JUST A PLANT PEOPLE, not some mad-science, Lolz!
Though chapters 1-5, IMHO, should probably be taught to Children around 8th Grade. SERIOUSLY FOLKS. Cannabis History, like it or not, is INEXTRICABLY WOVEN WITH THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, try to deny it, and you with NEVER GET THE FULL PICTURE. <3. despite my Negative Review; ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS BOOK GO TO GOOD CAUSES, so no regrets there! :) <3...more
Fantastic! Everyone should be forced to read this book in about 8th grade. I had to learn all this stuff myself and seeing it all explained in print iFantastic! Everyone should be forced to read this book in about 8th grade. I had to learn all this stuff myself and seeing it all explained in print is very gratifying, hah. Very basic Interpersonal Communication Information vital and relevant to All! Easy read....more
Fantastic. This seems to be the very first printing of any kind by the O.T.O. under the leadership of Grady McMurty and was a collaboration of the O.TFantastic. This seems to be the very first printing of any kind by the O.T.O. under the leadership of Grady McMurty and was a collaboration of the O.T.O. and two of their members, primarily "Frater 137" aka Charles Reese, but also "Sorror 981", with typesetting by Bill Heidrick. Makes me want to order all of Charles Resse's published works!...more
Awesome! Exactly what I was looking for! The drawing make it very clear how each figure is supposed to look. FINALLY, after 33 years I can finally makAwesome! Exactly what I was looking for! The drawing make it very clear how each figure is supposed to look. FINALLY, after 33 years I can finally make Jacob's Ladder! YES! NEVER GIVE UP!...more
This book absolutely sucks. Besides all the interesting Anthropological information about the history of string games in other cultures, every singleThis book absolutely sucks. Besides all the interesting Anthropological information about the history of string games in other cultures, every single string "game" is horrendously difficult, the diagrams are less-than-helpful, and there is a child on the cover when the writing alone makes it glaringly obvious that this is supposed to be a simple book: It's not. As a long-time enjoyer of Cat's Craddle I'm totally disappointed by this books glaring lack of "teacup, pitchfork, jacob's ladder" or ANY of the other classic string games....more
There is so much variety in this College Anthropology Textbook that it is nearly impossible to sum up in one small review. Everything from Malinowski'There is so much variety in this College Anthropology Textbook that it is nearly impossible to sum up in one small review. Everything from Malinowski's classic study of the Trobriand Islanders to a modern ethnography of "The Rave" as a "Shamanic Ecstatic Experience." I suppose all I can definitively say is that the print is too small and after eight years of studying Anthropology I am getting mighty tired of all the "special" words which belong only to Cultural Anthropology and seem to be used often for the sole purpose of legitimizing Anthropology as a science where a successful paper consists of a) Flat Observations of a yet-despoiled subculture and b) Plenty of Quotes from Other Anthropologist's papers to apply to your a) Flat Observations. Words like "Communitas." Never-the-less, as far as Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft, and Shamanism go this is a decent textbook....more
What started as a fantastic romp into International Intrigue and WOW-style Gold-mining quickly turned into a rather boring story about a small JihadisWhat started as a fantastic romp into International Intrigue and WOW-style Gold-mining quickly turned into a rather boring story about a small Jihadist faction. I basically did not care about the characters at all in the last 100 pages and overall I am Very Disappointed in Stephenson, from whom I have come to expect great things. Give this one a "PASS."...more