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Spirit of the Rainforest by Mark Andrew Ritchie
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This is the story of the Yanomamo of the Amazon, a gruesome, vengeful people who undertake a great spiritual journey and discover the Creator Spirit. Surprisingly, even miraculously (I don't think that's an overstatement), they transform into a gentle people of peace. Mark Andrew Ritchie offers a refreshingly straightforward and respectful retelling of a Yanonamo shaman's memories, who relives for us the horrific violence, the cycles of heartbreak and shame, the mystical visions, and the joy of redemption. Warriors, children, anthropologists, missionaries, and spirits of all kinds collide and either consume or forgive one another. Glimpse a world that is simultaneously stranger than fiction and also the real world, complete with the ring of Truth. This is not bed-time reading, but it is a must read.
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