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Hollow Bone: A Field Guide to Shamanism

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Shamanism is the oldest living path of spirituality and healing, dating back tens of thousands of years, yet many people don't know what it is or are confused about the practice. In The Hollow Bone, shaman, teacher, and author Colleen Deatsman unveils the mysterious world of Shamanism as it is still practiced today all around the world.

Deatsman explains that shamanism is n
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Weiser Books (first published August 15th 2011)
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Spider Goddess
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is another of the increasingly popular "intro to shamanism" books that are being cranked out. Shamanism, or the spiritual practices of various indigenous cultures are centuries old, however there is a push in our culture to "rediscover" these. I have no issue with that, but I do find it a bit odd when shamanism is prescribed in books in a "you too can be a shaman" self-help style.

This book is a decent introduction to the history of shamanism, and could stand alone as precisely that if we c
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Judy Croome
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting guide through an enthralling topic. Deatsman clearly knows her subject and provides the reader with a fairly broad overview of exactly what Shamanism is. A Zulu sangoma living in Swaziland even got a mention!

There were temperate reminders of the seriousness of this path, and also practical wisdom and sensible directions to introduce lay people to the history, philosophy and tasks of Shamans in today’s rapidly changing world where traditional ways are being lost and the m
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Julie
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Good introduction, though as a field guide there is no mention of those who are reconstructing indigenous European ways. Strong read for those new to the shamanic path.
Joshua
The Hollow Bone provides a well rounded and inclusive overview of shamanistic beliefs, philosophies, and practices. The author clearly knows her stuff. She writes not in the almost evangelical new age tone that you come to expect in many books on spirituality but in a clear and easy to understand way that also isn't written too clinically or academically at all. I began this book with a very limited understanding of shamanistic beliefs and now feel I have been given a thorough introduction. My f ...more
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