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The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru (Studies in Modern German Literature)
The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru (Studies in Modern German Literature) by Bonnie Glass-Coffin 0826318932 9780826318930
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The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru (Studies in Modern German Literature) by Bonnie Glass-Coffin

In this uniquely personal account of the lives and healing arts of female shamans in northern Peru, the author alternates diaristic writings about her own experiences with ethnographic description. Her analytical essays explore the concepts of sorcery, shamanism, and witchcraft, case studies of Peruvian women and their ritual healing techniques, the healers religious and symbolic space, and the healing attributes unique to women. They alternate with chapters in which Glass-Coffin describes her introduction to Peru as a high school student, the traditional roles she adopted in her host family, the crisis that rocked her identity, her first ritual contact with a female healer, and her own tumultuous but ultimately rewarding healing journey under two female shamans. Male shamans, she concludes, sally forth into the spirit world to do individual combat with the sources of spiritual illness, whereas female shamans try to involve their patients more directly in their own healing.

Author: Bonnie Glass-Coffin

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 262

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Publication Date: 1998-03-01

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