Woman in the Shaman's Body

Woman in the Shaman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion & Medicine, by Barbara Tedlock, from Bantam Doubleday Dell, ISBN 0553108530. A distinguished anthropologist reveals the female roots of the world's oldest form of religion and medicine, and celebrates women's role in the worldwide resurgence of shamanism today. Reinterpreting generations of scholarship, Tedlock explains how and why the role of women in shamanism was misinterpreted and suppressed, with illuminating stories, illustrations and evidence. She also describes her own shamanic training among the Maya of Guatemala and the rich record of women warriors and hunters, spiritual guides, and prophets from many cultures and times.