By Jeffrey A. Kottler
Written for therapists, students, clergy, scholars, and people with an curiosity in non-traditional therapeutic practices, this ebook 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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Jon pressed. Keeney nodded. ” He looked thoughtful for a moment, looking so intently out toward the horizon we thought he’d spotted another wild creature. This was our first visit to Africa, so we were anxious to see a giraffe or a lion or at least an elephant. “But I don’t want to get into academic hair-splitting,” Keeney said finally, “when we try to differentiate spiritual categories of experience. Finding your way to ecstatic communion with the divine characterizes both shamanism and mysticism.
All my deepest respect and love, Brad Keeney visited the desert of the Bushmen many years later. When he arrived, the whole village turned out to dance and celebrate the return of the Big Doctor. The first of those to greet him were Twele and Mantag’s wife, Gabanthate. They embraced and rejoiced in seeing one another again after so many years. “Yes,” Gabanthate said, before Keeney could even ask his question. “Mantag did receive your letter. The game warden read it to him. It made him very happy.
And now his spirit is very happy to see you again. ” Keeney looked over toward the tree that had first been pointed out to him by Mantag so many years before. Things grow slowly in the desert, but he was sure that it was stronger than it had once been. It was a good place to call home. Brad felt a gentle tapping on his shoulder. He turned to see his old friend Twele, grinning broadly. Keeney showed him the photographs and the manuscripts he had written about the lives of the Kalahari Bushmen shamans (Keeney, 1999c).