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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He placed his right hand on Brad’s belly, and Brad later swore that it felt like hot coals that singed him all the way to his core. He was then surrounded by the other healers, all of whom were rubbing their sweat into his body, touching him, pressing their foreheads against his. Others were like human leeches, attaching to his neck or back, sometimes making sucking sounds as if they were extracting the energy from within. It was as if Keeney were a nuclear source of spirit energy, and the whole tribe wanted a piece.
And yet, when he thought about it, he realized that Mantag was right: He did feel as if he were home. While they continued to set up their camp, people from the village walked by to see what the strange White doctor was doing. Kids visited, of course, because they were curious. But Keeney was also surprised to see that most of the adults, especially the older men, came by to pay their respects. It was all very exhausting and overwhelming, so the visitors turned in early for the night. From a Dream The next morning, they were sitting inside their tent with cups of tea, delighted that neither a lion nor a black mamba had breached their perimeter.
It was totally exhilarating and euphoric, and when the two of them broke away, Mantag grinned and walked away. Keeney had not heard whether Mantag’s respiratory ailment improved, but what he did notice over the next week was a lineup of people from the village who wanted Keeney to shake with them, install more arrows in their bellies, or pass on some of his spirit. Peter and Nelson watched with increasing amazement as the pilgrimage to their camp continued. Keeney agreed to offer whatever help he could to those who approached him.
American Shaman: An Odyssey of Global Healing Traditions by Jeffrey A. Kottler