Using Native American Objects for Meditation, Reflection, and Insight
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Harper San Francisco
FROM THE EROWID REVIEW #
- Review by Erowid, 2000 Feb 06
Zuni Fetishes is a very interesting look into the world of power objects. It's a cross between a cultural study, a personal story, and practical guide, and despite myself, I found that I was drawn to the concept of fetish use as soon as I started flipping pages. It's cleanly written and an easy read. Definitely recommended for those interested . . . (more)
BACK COVER #The Zuni have traditionally used small stone carvings of animal figures as power objects and mediators between themselves and the spirit world. Any object that has special meaning can be used as a fetish. In this fascinating, informative, and beautifully illustrated guide to the fetishes of the Zuni people of New Mexico, Hal Zina Bennett explores key principles of Native American spirituality and how early Zuni teachings can benefit us all today. He provides an excellent guide to Zuni traditions and an intriguing picture of their early life, along with detailed instructions for using fetishes for meditation, reflection, and insight in modern life. He describes key fetish figures, including the Guardians of the Six Regions, their legendary meanins, and the personal qualities each figure can support and help its owner develop. In ex;laining the nature of fetishes and the psychological and spiritual benefits that we can gain from their use, Bennett provides illuminating cross-cultural comparisons, stimulating exercises, and journaling opportunities.
BLURBS #"By sharing with us how his study of native american spirituality helps him on his own spiritual path, Hal Bennett has bade an important contribution. It is fascinating reading, which can help all of us come a step closer to the inner peace that we all seek in our lives."
-- Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear