By Jeffrey A. Kottler
Written for therapists, students, clergy, scholars, and people with an curiosity in non-traditional therapeutic practices, this e-book 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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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. He never let go of that letter. He held it next to his heart. He was holding it when he died. ” Brad began crying at this news, so Gabanthate held him tighter. They hugged and rocked in this way for several minutes, her own grief returning to join that of her husband’s friend.
Come on, Nelson,” Keeney whispered urgently. ” Keeney walked right up to the three men standing there and found himself drawn to the one in the middle, an older man with a wrinkled face and white, short-cropped hair. Without giving the matter any thought, Brad put his arms around the old man, who embraced him in return. As soon as they made contact, Keeney felt himself begin to shake—his arms, his upper legs, but mostly his stomach and chest. It was as if the two of them were connected by a current of electricity—which, in a sense, they were.
Moreover, he had no understanding of what his power was all about. All he knew was that he shook all the time, and he was very happy to discover that he had found a group of people who also did this and liked it. Brad looked over at Peter after the translation, almost as if asking his permission. Peter just shrugged. He seemed to be saying, After everything else that has happened here, what was the big deal? Keeney walked over to the old man and wrapped his arms around him. They both waited for a moment and then the rumbling began, gentle at first, then undulating.
American Shaman: An Odyssey of Global Healing Traditions by Jeffrey A. Kottler