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Fire in the head : shamanism and the Celtic spirit

By: Cowan, Thomas Dale
Material type: TextTextSan Francisco HarperSanFrancisco c1993Edition: 1st edDescription: 222p.; bibliog. refs.; bibliogContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volume ISBN: 0062501747Subject(s): Celts--Religion | ShamanismLOC classification: BL900 .C69 1993
Contents:
Introduction - The problem of Celtic shamanism. 1 Varieties of shamanic experience. 2 Shapeshifting, severed heads, and the web of life. 3 The edges of twilight. 4 The music of enchantment. 5 The soul of nature. 6 Forest folk. 7 Perilous journeys. 8 Death: the center of a long life. Epilogue - The lure beyond the ends of the earth
Abstract: 'In "The Song of Wandering Aengus," William Butler Yeats refers to the "fire in the head" that characterizes the visionary experience. Tom Cowan has pursued this theme in a lyrical cross-cultural exploration of shamanism and the Celtic imagination that examines the myths and tales of the ancient Celtic poets and storytellers, and outlines techniques used to access the shaman's world.'
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Introduction - The problem of Celtic shamanism. 1 Varieties of shamanic experience. 2 Shapeshifting, severed heads, and the web of life. 3 The edges of twilight. 4 The music of enchantment. 5 The soul of nature. 6 Forest folk. 7 Perilous journeys. 8 Death: the center of a long life. Epilogue - The lure beyond the ends of the earth

'In "The Song of Wandering Aengus," William Butler Yeats refers to the "fire in the head" that characterizes the visionary experience. Tom Cowan has pursued this theme in a lyrical cross-cultural exploration of shamanism and the Celtic imagination that examines the myths and tales of the ancient Celtic poets and storytellers, and outlines techniques used to access the shaman's world.'

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