Walking the Maze: The Enduring Presence of Celtic Spirit

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A vivid description of the fierce and free Celtic spirit as it has been sustained through history, and a vision for living that spirit in the present 

• Equates Celtic customs with Native American traditions and rituals 

• Presents a vision of the ancient Celtic path as it can be lived today 

With the perspective of a passionate historian and the clarity of a modern-day medicine woman, Loren Cruden presents to us a vision of ancient Celtic spirit as it can ...

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Overview

 
A vivid description of the fierce and free Celtic spirit as it has been sustained through history, and a vision for living that spirit in the present 

• Equates Celtic customs with Native American traditions and rituals 

• Presents a vision of the ancient Celtic path as it can be lived today 

With the perspective of a passionate historian and the clarity of a modern-day medicine woman, Loren Cruden presents to us a vision of ancient Celtic spirit as it can be lived today. In Walking the Maze she explores Celtic culture both in comparison to Native American ways of life and in its own light and strength, examining the attributes that define and sustain the vitality of the Celtic spirit. Four aspects of traditional Celtic life common to both Celtic and Native American cultures are kinship consciousness, a high regard for women as part of a general commitment to freedom, a fluid perspective of reality, and a primal spiritual engagement with the land. For the Celts this crafted rugged, land-loving individualists, fierce and free in their expression, gracious to all, answerable directly to Spirit but responsible for the entire community. This vision of Celtic spirit informs the vision of how we may live in the present, renewing a cultural integrity that is inseparable from personal wholeness and ecological consciousness.

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"[T]his book is the first and only one so far that places the Celts where they are today. Too many books treat the Celts as an extinct Noble Savage. Cruden gets right down to the core of the spirit that has persisted to modern times. She knows these people and their hearts. . . . Her narrative blends historical data, mythology, and her own journeys and experiences in a compelling tale of discovery. . . . The lessons taught in Walking The Maze—the recognition of what true spirituality is—will stay with me for a long time. . . . I cannot recommend this book highly enough. This is more than a mere "read;" this is an experience!"
Muninn the Changeling
"[T]his book is the first and only one so far that places the Celts where they are today. Too many books treat the Celts as an extinct Noble Savage. Cruden gets right down to the core of the spirit that has persisted to modern times. She knows these people and their hearts. . . . Her narrative blends historical data, mythology, and her own journeys and experiences in a compelling tale of discovery. . . . The lessons taught in Walking The Maze—the recognition of what true spirituality is—will stay with me for a long time. . . . I cannot recommend this book highly enough. This is more than a mere "read;" this is an experience!"
Talking Leaves
In Walking the Maze, Loren Cruden proves herself to be a talented nature writer as well as an adept scholar. . . . Like all good scholarship, her research led her to ask questions as well as answer them.
—1998
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892816231
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Loren Cruden, a midwife and herbal healer of Scottish descent, worked for many years with a Potawatomie medicine man to develop her personal spiritual practice. She is the author of The Spirit of Place, Compass of the Heart, Coyote's Council Fire, and Medicine Grove: A Shamanic Herbal. She lives on First Thought Mountain in Washington state.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I Clan and culture

Part II Spirit

Part III
Gender Equality

Part IV Land and People

Conclution

Appendix I Notable Historic Dates for Ireland and Scotland

Appendix II Clan Names

Appendix III Resource Organizations for the Continuity of Celtic Culture

Bibliography

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