À la fois récit de voyage et mémoire spirituel nourri par l'expérience, le livre de Kevin Turner nous emmène à la rencontre d'authentiques chamanes dans les steppes et les villes de la Mongolie actuelle. En chemin, l'auteur, lui-même praticien chamanique, est témoin de diagnostics médicaux spontanés, de cérémonies, de guérisons qui, tous, témoignent d'une riche culture où divination, recouvrement d'âme et dépossession spirituelle font partie de la vie quotidienne.
Car le chamanisme est bien vivant en Mongolie. Après des siècles de répression et de persécution par les pouvoirs bouddhiste puis communiste, il connaît aujourd'hui un immense regain de popularité, et l'on y recourt afin d'accéder aux « réalités non-ordinaires » et au monde des esprits. En outre, Turner nous permet d'entrevoir ici un chamanisme universel et des principes communs aux traditions chamaniques du monde entier.
Part travelogue, part experiential spiritual memoir, Kevin Turner takes us to visit with authentic shamans in the steppes and urban centers of modern-day Mongolia. Along the way, the author, a practicing shaman himself, tells of spontaneous medical diagnoses, all-night shamanic ceremonies, and miraculous healings, all welling from a rich culture in which divination, soul-retrieval, and spirit depossession are a part of everyday life.@16@ @95@#160;@16@ Shamanism, described in the 1950s by Mircea Eliade as "archaic techniques of ecstasy," is alive and well in Mongolia as a means of accessing "nonordinary realities" and the spirit world. After centuries of suppression by Buddhist and then Communist political powers, it is exploding in popularity in Mongolia. Turner gives compelling accounts of healings and rituals he witnesses among Darkhad, Buryat, and Khalkh shamans, and goes on to provide us with his insights into a universal shamanism, principles that lie at the heart of shamanic traditions worldwide. This astounding, inspiring book will appeal to shamans and shamanic therapists, students of Mongolian culture and comparative religion, and fans of off-grid travel memoirs.@16@@16@@16@@18@From the Trade Paperback edition.@19@
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