Soul Journeys, Metamorphoses and Near-Death Experiences
I think that anyone who has studied anthroposophy or the great myths and religions of the world will be interested in reading this book. In it you’ll find accounts and stories that echo, expand, diverge and replicate perspectives and experiences that will be, at their heart, familiar. Additionally, the text is replete with early black and white photos that offer us glimpses of daily North American native life, sacred costumes and designs, and much more. From my perspective, the photos alone tell a story of deep humanity; that the text is so thorough and well-considered is an exceptional bonus.
The stories and commentary presented here are well researched and drawn from anthropological records and other reliable sources of information. Learn about a Winnebago shaman’s initiation, the Cherokee’s Orpheus myth, the story of “A Journey to the Skeleton House” from the Hopi, the Inuit man who lived the lives of all animals, the Ghost Dance, and other extraordinary accounts.
“The elements and majestic forces in nature, Lightning, Wind, Water, Fire, and Frost, were regarded with awe as spiritual powers, but always secondary and intermediate in character. We believed that the spirit pervades all creation and that every creature possesses a soul in some degree, though not necessarily a soul conscious of itself. The tree, the waterfall, the grizzly bear, each is an embodied Force, and as such an object of reverence.” —Ohiyesa