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Would like Your Opinions on Thomas Dale Cowan/ book by him - Tribal Paganism
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dolmena:
tribalpaganism
tribalpaganism
Tribal Paganism
Sun, Dec. 9th, 2007 10:19 am
Would like Your Opinions on Thomas Dale Cowan/ book by him

Author of Shamanism As a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life.

Well-researched?

Does he have a good rep with you?

Or would you personally categorize him as "fluffy?"

Does he know what he's talking about?

Is this book more basic baby steps, or is it suitable as a Yule gift for an experienced practitioner who'd like to add to their repertoire of spiritual disciplines and healing techniques?

Are there any good exercises, info, or tips in the book that makes it worth getting even if it also has negative qualities?

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lupagreenwolf
lupagreenwolf
Lupa
Sun, Dec. 9th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)

I haven't read anything by him. For what it's worth, the book has sixteen five-star reviews on Amazon, and nothing else. I would be a little wary because he's done some cowriting in other books with Sandra Ingermann, who has struck me as rather fluffy. I would probably also consider Cowan's work to be neoshamanism, just given the summaries and such that I've read. Still, that can be useful. His work is on my to-read list, so eventually I'll get around to reviewing it, but that's what I can say for now.


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dolmena
dolmena
Dolmena
Sun, Dec. 16th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)

Thanks.


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erynn999
erynn999
Erynn
Sun, Dec. 9th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)

He's done a couple of crap books on "Celtic shamanism". I'd say fluff and don't bother unless you're into that kind of thing.


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wire_mother
wire_mother
放縱瘋狂的結
Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)

my only knowledge of him is from Fire in the Head. i'm not fond of it. it seemed like Core Shamanism with some "Celtic" dressing.


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madrun
madrun
Madrun
Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)

That is exactly what it is. Tom Cowan's stuff is straight Michael Harner-style "Core Shamanism" with various window dressings and personal interpretation.

If you (or the person you want to buy the book for) are into "Core Shamanism", as a personal practice, then I can tell you that Tom Cowan is well respected in that area.


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dolmena
dolmena
Dolmena
Sun, Dec. 16th, 2007 07:08 am (UTC)

Do you have any suggestions for a study of more authentic shamanism? (Going out and finding someone to study with, especially in Europe, is not currently an option, particularly not as a holiday gift-- I mean a book.)


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wire_mother
wire_mother
放縱瘋狂的結
Mon, Dec. 17th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)

that's more difficult for me, as i'm not particularly well-versed in shamanism. i do know that Mircea Eliade's Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstacy always gets high marks from my friends who work in shamanic techniques specifically.

since i am not particularly versed in the subject, i will refer you to check out lupagreenwolf's page of shamanism book reviews at her "Pagan Book Reviews" blog. i've always found her reviews to be worthwhile and useful.


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dolmena
dolmena
Dolmena
Sun, Dec. 23rd, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the suggeastions. He has the Eliade book.


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