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The Andean Codex: Adventures and Initiations among the Peruvian Shamans
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The Andean Codex: Adventures and Initiations among the Peruvian Shamans [Format Kindle]

J. E. Williams

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The Andean Codex is a true adventure story that takes the reader to mysterious isolated areas in the Peruvian Andes.  We accompany the author on his visits with a handful of shaman-priests who preserve the ancient knowledge of how the natural world operates. A codex refers to a classical work of spiritual scripture, and in that spirit, author J. E. Williams has given us a book representing Andean spiritual life that gives the tradition the respect it deserves.

The Andean Codex recounts Williams' adventures with the Q'ero Indians, and guides readers to an understanding of Incan cosmology, Andean ethics, shamanic initiations using the mind-expanding ayahuasca and the sacred coca plant. The author's photographs enhance the book and the Earth-based, heart-centered teachings of the Q'ero foster inner discovery that makes for an authentic introduction to the Andean sacred way.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 216 pages
  • Editeur : Hampton Roads Publishing (18 juillet 2005)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 genuine material 14 octobre 2005
Par kaioatey - Publié sur
"My experiences with Sebastian and the energies of the Incan sacred sites form a new way of looking at the world. I am the same, but different. I cannot explain it."

The above words summarize the book quite well. This is basically a travelogue, composed of three parts: the author's jungle experience drinking ayahuasca; afterwards he was exhorted by the ayahuascero (as are so many others) to go learn more in the highland Q'ero region (2) W.s chance meeting with a Q'ero 'shaman' named Sebastian, who initiated him into the tradition in the Incan capital Cuzco and (3) His visit to the Q'ero, culminating with the great annual festival at Mt. Colquepunku.

The book is unpretentious and it is easy to see, how the Q'ero would take to the sincerity, earnestness, commitment and respect that Williams appears to show to people he meets. I liked that too. W. describes a number of key (and simple) Incan concepts and rituals such as reciprocity, life force, offerings and 'munay', the deep, abiding, impersonal love that comes straight from the heart. The Q'ero are masters of munay....."munay also signifies tranquility and beauty and suggests a pleasant experience characterized by harmony, symmetry, correctness, within and without. Beauty is the outer wrapping of munay, inside is kindness and love. It is inherent in nature. When munay becomes an integral part of one's character, it expresses itself spontaneously".

i would recommend this book to anyone who plans to visit Peru and perhaps interact with indigenous people; it is packed with non self-conscious advice and personal experience of an enthusiast who comes for a visit several times a year. This book should especially be read by Westerners who insists on visiting the altiplano without adequate preparation and acclimation. Williams had a pretty rotten time there himself, but endured the misfortunes like a champ. So...

Still, in many ways this is a rather superficial book. If you want to know about the Qero, Catherine Allen's The Hold Life Has can't be beat. It really should be THE reference for all even remotely interested in Peru.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Andean Wisdom 6 mai 2006
Par Gerald Hausman - Publié sur
It's hard to come by real accounts of true teachings these days. There are so many charlatans begging to be known as sages. Then you come upon a book such as this one by Dr. James E. Williams. It transcends the volumes that try to get at experience without really experiencing it. Dr. Williams nearly died in the process of climbing in the Andes while writing his real life experience with a real life shaman, Sebastian. He sacrificed a lot and learned a lot. It's wonderful that he's written this tidy little classic about how he breathed the thin air and ate potato soup at 16,000 feet and suffered from a collapse of the lower back, asthma and an arrhythmic heart and many other complex and nearly fatal exigencies of very high altitude living, in order to put this profound book into our hands. We ought to bow and be thankful, and pass it on...the thanks and the book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderful and informative read 29 novembre 2005
Par Kimberly Perkins - Publié sur
The book is well written and, even though I have read other books on Peruvian/Inca teachings, I found it most clear and concise. J.E.Williams writing style is very gentle with a beautiful depth and simplicity. There are five main principles to the Andean teachings and, after living among the shamans for 35 years, he is the first person authorized to bring these teachings to the US. Some of the proceeds from the book, as well as the photography, goes back to the indigenous people. As I was reading I could not help thinking that these basic teachings, much like other native peoples worldwide, are so needed now on this planet.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An exceptional book, money well spent. 19 novembre 2008
Par C. Evans - Publié sur
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The Author takes you into his Shamanic Journey within Peru. This book truly helps one realize how difficult it is to learn from the people and the amount of time it takes to become a Shaman. This book should be an essential addition for any person who studies Shamanism. This is one of the best I've read on the subject of Shmanism. I cannot say enough positve words about this book, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a heart-felt narrative 12 décembre 2007
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Dr. Williams has written an easy-to-read narrative about his spiritual and mundane experiences in the Andean highlands. If you want to get a good idea of what it is like to travel at elevations of up to 15,000 feet this is one way to do it. One also gets a good feel for the culture.
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