Some Spirits Heal, Others Only Dance
A Journey into Human Selfhood in an African Village
By (author) Roy Willis
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Some Spirits Heal, Others Only Dance by Roy Willis
Book DescriptionWhere does 'the self' in 'myself' begin and end? And what do ideas of 'spirit' tell us about the nature of human selfhood? To investigate these poorly understood matters, veteran anthropologist, neo-shaman and paranormal healer Roy Willis spent five months in a remote part of northern Zambia exploring human consciousness in a fascinating and sometimes terrifying series of adventures. This absorbing book tells the story of Willis' and his three local colleagues' quest, as they participate in and film rituals of ecstatic union with nature spirits and talk in depth with experts in managing the awesome powers of a world beyond the ordinary. The narrative follows the research team's day-to-day involvement with rituals of spirit revelation, healing, and exorcism, their encounters with the evil powers of sorcery, and the sometimes troubled relations between team members. The African healers in this book emerge both as exceptional individuals and as pioneering explorers of consciousness. Their experience is surprisingly congruent with our present sense of multiple and shifting selfhoods in the age of global electronic communication.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859732885
(216mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roy Willis
Astrology, Science and Culture, Paperback (February 2004)
Tackling the astrology's controversial history, its problematic relationship to Jungian theory, and attempts to prove its grounding in objective reality, this book demonstrates that astrology is far more than a superstitious relic of years gone by, and enables a fundamental critique of the scientism of its opponents.
Signifying Animals, Paperback (September 1994)View all books by Roy Willis
A fresh assessment of the workings of animal symbolism in diverse cultures. Reconsiders the concept of totemism and exposes common fallacies in symbolic interpretation.
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Author Biography - Roy Willis
Roy Willis Emeritus Fellow in Social Anthropology,University of Edinburgh
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