By Jeffrey A. Kottler
Written for therapists, students, clergy, scholars, and people with an curiosity in non-traditional therapeutic practices, this publication tells the tale of Bradford Keeney, the 1st non-African to be inducted as a shaman within the Kung Bushman and Zulu cultures
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You must look after everyone. ” Keeney couldn’t think of a single thing that the old man had said that didn’t strike him as true about the practice of psychotherapy or any other healing. To the Bushmen, the dance was not just about healing but also about building a sense of community. That is where touch becomes so important, because people literally stay in close contact with one another by pressing their bodies against each other and sharing their sweat. The Paper As they were packing up their camp, making preparations for the return to Pretoria, Mantag came to say good-bye.
He took books out of the library and looked for similarities between their practices and what he was familiar with. He read about the shaking and dancing that cause such ecstatic body movements. And he learned as much as he could about their spiritual beliefs. Something about the Bushmen drew him. And by this point, he had stopped questioning his visions. Not more than 3 weeks later, a letter from the university in South Africa came in the mail, asking if he’d like to come over as a visiting professor to teach his theories of change to undergraduate and graduate students.
It rises in their belly,” Twele said, putting his own hands on his stomach to test the current action. “I feel my hands become hot in the dance. ” Peter asked again, noticing that Keeney’s own movements in the dance were becoming more erratic and jerky. ” he pointed toward Keeney. “He feels the power from the Big God. ” Twele then went on to say that the Big God plants arrows and nails in the bellies of the chosen ones. Nelson stopped to explain that although Twele used the word nail, they used to refer to thorns, as in the sharp branches of the camelthorn tree.
American Shaman: An Odyssey of Global Healing Traditions by Jeffrey A. Kottler