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Stories of the Mystic Mountains An Anthology, Michael Berman 9781906958220, 240pp, £11.99 / $22
------------------------Launch event: 17th of January 2012 at the Georgian Embassy the author will talk about this book and give a reading. Starting promptly at 7.30 pm. The event is free and Georgian wine will be served at no cost too. The address is 4 Russell Gardens, West Kensington, London W14 8E2. The hall holds about 60 people and we are hoping for a full house. —————————————On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche What mountains mean to me: in one word, awe-inspiring. Although we can measure them, our minds are incapable of actually grasping the very small or the very large things in nature: neither atomic particles nor astronomical distances. How big is a mountain, how much does it weigh? Our limited minds can only cope with subjective assessments such as how difficult is it to climb, how dangerous would an avalanche be? So the feelings it produces are awe, a little fear, and possibly exhilaration if and when we think that we have conquered the mountain – but in reality we never can. ~ Professor David Hunt All the stories presented in this collection contain shamanic elements, so the obvious starting point is to explain what is meant by this. The term ‘shaman’ is a controversial one. Initially employed by early anthropologists to refer to a specific category of magical practitioners from Siberia, the term is now widely used to denote similar practitioners from a variety of cultures around the world. This application of an originally culture-specific term to a more general usage has caused problems with regard to definition, with disagreements among scholars over whether certain features, such as soul flight or possession, or certain types of altered states of consciousness, should or should not be listed among the core characteristics of shamanism (Wilby, 2011, p.252). Introduction
What are Mountains for you?;Soul Captivation on White Bone Mountain; The Magic Brush and the Golden Mountain; The Legend of Amirani; The Story of Jumping Mouse;The Children of Hamelin: A Shamanic Journey into Mount Poppenberg; The Crystal Clear Waters of Mount Elbruz; The Vision Quest; Mount Sinai, and a Dream Fulfilled; Mount Ararat; Mount Koya-san, the Hermit’s Cave, and Fujiyama; Sacred Towers; The Fool on the Hill and the Book of Mysteries; The Tobacco of Harisaboqued; The Princess of the Tower; Appendix: The Baal Shem Tov – Rabbi, Religious Formulator or Shaman? cover photograph by joe page (www.joe-page-taste-of-nature.com) shows rennes le chateau seen from castle of rennes les bains
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