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From the North comes a tale of the Inuit shaman Enoyuk and ...
From the North comes a tale of the Inuit shaman Enoyuk and his magical adventures with different gods and spirit-helpers. In the South we enter the world of the Aboriginal elder Kalu, with his sacred desert Dreamings, and in the East we meet Saimei, a Japanese shamaness who lives in a world of kami spirits.
And in the West we encounter Baiya, a shaman from the Amazonian forest who undertakes visionary journeys so he may perform tasks of spiritual healing. In "The Shamans Quest" these four shamans finally come together at the mythic centre of the world, and it is a very special purpose which has brought them here – for they have come to witness the healing of the Earth. Exploring universal themes of spiritual renewal, "The Shamans Quest" shows us how we can find the Great Song of Life and learn to value the sacred qualities of Nature and the Universe.
Posted February 27, 2011
The Shaman's Quest: Journeys in an Ancient Spiritual Practice by Nevill Drury outlines four different shamans spreading across the world and gives a brief story about each of them, going into detail about their visions, their duties, and their role as being the village shaman of their homeland. This book starts off in the arctic snows of Canada and ends in forests of South America, reaching the Australian desert and the mountains of Japan in between. The Shaman's Quest is a great introduction to Shamanism and has very good imagery and description to help those who are still new to the idea Shamanism understand what is going on throughout the stories it entails. This book is split into four different chapters or sections and is a very fun and easy read. I really liked how Drury picked four distinct and unique countries to describe the shamans and yet he still showed the similarities and minor differences in each. Each had its own culture, background, and rituals but in the end, they all seemed to have the same outlook on life and they all had the same type of duties such as healing and spiritual practice, something I believe to be important when reading about Shamanism and its beliefs. One thing I think Drury really tried to emphasize was that the overall belief of Shamanism retains itself across the world while the individual practice, rituals, and motivation differs depending on the culture. Anyone even remotely interested in Shamanism or Shamans should read this book because it is interesting regardless of your spiritual beliefs and has many valuable moral teachings in it, such as being grateful for the life that has been bestowed to you, regardless of what you personally believe in. There wasn't really anything I disliked about this book besides the fact that sometimes the names used got a bit confusing but after re-reading several passages, I quickly picked up what he was talking about. My overall rating for this book would be an 8/10 because it was a really good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.