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Zuni Fetishes
Using Native American Objects for Meditation, Reflection, and Insight
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Hal Zina Bennett
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Harper San Francisco
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.

"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

Hal Zina Bennett is a lecturer, consultant, and the author or co-author of twenty-seven books, including The Lens of Perception, The Well Body Book (with Mike Samuels, M.D.), The Holotropic Mind (with Stanislav Grof, M.D.), and Follow Your Bliss (with Susan J. Sparrow). He is also a contributing editor to Shamn's Drum Magazine.