Witchcraft and the Shamanic Journey, Kenneth Johnson, 1996, 1998
Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 1-56718-379-4
Kenneth Johnson holds a degree in Comparative Religion with an emphasis on the study of mythology. He is the author of numerous books on mythology, magic and folklore from around the world; including Jaguar Wisdom and Witchcraft and the Shamanic Journey. Born in Southern California, he has lived in Amsterdam, London, and New Mexico and Arizona.

The author bases his work on Carlo Ginzburg's works Night Battles and Ecstasies,and tries to expand upon some of Ginzburg's points, and demonstrate that the entire arcanum of European witchcraft can be shown to have shamanic roots.

Very interesting... the book brings together very interesting points and finds shamanic motifs in a very broad range of belief systems. The book also provides direction for guided meditations such as: Journey to the Land of the Dead, The Ascent Up the World Tree. Johnson also traces the Wild Hunt through different mythologies, and examines the concept of Crisis Cult; a spiritual movement that arises in response to a political or social crisis. A definite interesting read.
 


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