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The Woman in the Shaman's Body, by Barbara Tedlock, PH.D., is my 'Nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes' choice for my 2017 Reading Challenge.

Woman in the Shaman's Body

This was an excellent, well-researched book about shamanism in general and women's roles in shamanism in particular. Tedlock shows us the lost history of women as spiritual leaders through examples and first-hand accounts. This book covers women shamans' roles and sacred wisdom, including our menses and connections with both the moon and each other, sexual energy, midwifery, sacred herbs, weaving, leading, fighting, and much more.

There's also a frank look at gender and gender roles, including the importance of experiencing both genders as a shamanic practitioner. Tedlock herself has a wealth of first-hand knowledge and experience in Mayan shamanism and culture, but she covers a vast area looking at shamanic practices around the globe and throughout history.

I really enjoyed this book, and I think it's a must-have for anyone interested in shamanism, women, &/or gender roles. I learned a lot and enjoyed doing so.


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Jan. 11th, 2017 10:47 am (UTC)
I definitely recommend it! I found it very interesting.
Jan. 11th, 2017 01:00 pm (UTC)
I've read couple of Russian books about shamanism, it was very interesting to plunge into this culture - the shaman sickness concept, their communication with creatures of the parallel worlds, it was a main religion on our North before Christianity...
What the shamanism is for you? Maybe you have already covered up this question and could cope some your links...
Jan. 11th, 2017 02:42 pm (UTC)
I do have a shamanism tag if you'd like to look through it, but I don't talk about it as much as I probably should. I also have a shamanism filter if you'd like to be added. I share some of my more personal shamanic journeys there.

I'm a Reiki Master in the Medicine Reiki tradition. Reiki is a form of energy healing that originated in Japan. My Reiki Master was attuned to 'traditional' reiki long ago, and then he lived with the Cree Indians for 20 years. He saw how Cree Medicine wisdom worked really well with reiki work, and he founded the Medicin Reiki tradition, which is very heavily influenced by Cree spirituality. It's very earth-based and utilizes a lot of ritual and totem work.

After my Reiki Master attunement in 2005, I was led/drawn to shamanism. I started reading, studying, and practicing on my own. It's been a very powerful experience for me, and I get a lot from it when I keep up regular practice. I kind of neglected it for a while, but I've recommitted recently.
Jan. 11th, 2017 05:41 pm (UTC)
"I also have a shamanism filter if you'd like to be added. "

Of course I'd like! Orthodox Christians are against the old traditions or rather against all knowledges but I don't see no contradictions here if base human laws are not violated.

There are nowadays many new cults which are treating people, earning money and people claim that they are the followers of old traditions. In Russia though there are now innumerable amount of charlatans and real clairvoyants.
Jan. 11th, 2017 06:36 pm (UTC)
I've added you!

That's so interesting to hear what it's like in other countries. It's a shame that there are charlatans taking advantage, but at least people aren't being persecuted for practicing anymore.

I'm very intrigued by cults on an educational level. I've been reading about them and watching documentaries. I'd like to write a story about a cult one day, and while they're horrible situations, they're interesting to learn from as far as human nature.
Jan. 11th, 2017 06:43 pm (UTC)
"I've added you! "

Thank you, I am looking forward to consume and maybe share something interesting...
Jan. 11th, 2017 09:30 pm (UTC)
Hmm sounds interesting! I added it to my reading list.
Jan. 11th, 2017 11:14 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it!
Jan. 12th, 2017 08:11 pm (UTC)
That really does sound like an interesting book!
Jan. 12th, 2017 08:21 pm (UTC)
I definitely recommend it!
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