The Wild God of Power and Ecstasy
By (author) Wolf-Dieter Storl
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Shiva by Wolf-Dieter Storl
Book DescriptionTo his devotees Shiva is the entire universe and the core of all beings. Hindu myth shows him appearing at the beginning of creation as a giant pillar of fire from which this world sprang forth. Yet he is also the most approachable of gods, for he is the lover of lovers and the devotee of his devotees. Of the 1,008 names of Shiva, Pashupati, Lord of Animals, is one of the most common. His special relation to animals along with his trickster nature reveal the deep connection of Shiva to shamanism and other gods such as the Norse Odin and the Celtic Cernunnos that came out of the Paleolithic traditions. Ethnologist Wolf-Dieter Storl was first captivated by Shiva when he was in India as a visiting scholar at Benares Hindu University. In this book he invites readers to join in the lively and mythical world of Shiva, or Mahadev, God of All Gods. Shiva is a study in contrasts: As the lord of dance he looses himself in ecstatic abandon; with his consort Parvati he can make love for 10,000 years. Both men and women worship him for his ability to unite and balance masculine and feminine energies. But as the ascetic Shankar he sits in deep meditation, shunning women, and none dare disturb him lest he open his third eye and immolate the entire universe. Lord of intoxicants and poisons, he is the keeper of secret occult knowledge and powers, for which he is worshipped by yogis and demons alike. Shiva dances both the joy of being and the dance of doom--but in every aspect he breaks through the false ego to reveal the true self lying within. This is his true power.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781594770142
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Publish Date: 14-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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In "Witchcraft Medicine" the authors examine the women who mix the potions and become the healers, the legacy of Hecate, the sorceress as shaman, and the plants associated with the solstice and Halloween. They also look at the history of forbidden medicine, with an eye toward how the sacred plants of our forebears can be used once again.
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Author Biography - Wolf-Dieter Storl
Wolf-Dieter Storl, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist and ethnobotanist who has taught at Kent State University as well as in Vienna, Berne, and Benares. He is coauthor of Witchcraft Medicine and has written a number of books on indigenous culture and ethnobotany. He lives in Allgau, Germany.
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