Slavic Sorcery: Shamanic Journey of Initiation, Kenneth Johnson, 1998
Llewellyn Publications, ISBN 1-56718-374-3
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.

Slavic sorcery and its healing arts should not be confused with Siberian shamanism. In their beliefs and practices, the Slavic wizards more closely resembled the ancient Druids of Western Europe than Siberian medicine men. This book relates a personal account of the author's actual apprenticeship with modern successors of the ancient Slavic sorcerers.

I enjoyed this book, it was well written and inspired some new thought directions for me. The book also introduced me to the whole Slavic/Baltic idea, and I went forward to do more research on this fascinating topic. It provides some interesting concrete examples of workings such as Creating the Water of Life and Divination with the Physical Body. The book also explores Icons and Archtypes including Baba Yaga and The Leshy, among many. An interesting read.

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