Books about shamanism


Nicky Arden, African Spirits Speak: A White Woman's Journey into the Healing Tradition of the Sangoma (New York: Destiny Books)

Susan Schuster Campbell, Called to Heal: African Shamanic Healers (Wisconsin: Lotus Press, 1998); Spirit of the Ancestors: Lessons from Africa (Wisconsin: Lotus Press, 2002)

David M. Cumes, MD, Africa in my Bones: A Surgeon's Odyssey into the Spirit World of African Healing (New Africa Books, 2004)

James Hall, Sangoma: My Odyssey Into the Spirit World of Africa (Touchstone: 1995)

Heidi Hollan, African Magic: Traditional Ideas that Heal a Continent (England: Viking, 2001)

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, Indaba My Children: African Folk Tales (New York, Grove Press, 1964); Song of the Stars: The Lore of a Zulu Shaman (New York: Barrytown, Ltd., 1996)

Malidoma Patrice Some, Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman (New York: G.P. Putman's Sons, 1994); The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community (New York: Penguin Putman Inc, 1998)

Sobonfu Some, Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community (New World Library, 1999); The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships (Harper Paperbacks, 2000); Falling Out of Grace: Meditations on Loss, Healing and Wisdom (North Bay Books, 2003)

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Tom Cowan, Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Daily Life (Freedom, California: Crossing Press, 1996);Pocket Guide to Shamanism (Freedom, California: Crossing Press, 1997)

Mircea Eliade, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy (New York: Pantheon. Revised from French edition, 1951)

Timothy Freke, Shamanic Wisdomkeepers: Shamanism in the Modern World (New York: Godsfield Press, 1999)

Michael Harner, The Way of the Shaman (San Francisco: Harper & Row 1980)

Sandra Ingerman, Soul Retrieval (New York: Harper Collins, 1991); Welcome Home (New York: Harper Collins, 1994); Medicine for the Earth (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2001); Shamanic Journeying: A Beginner's Guide (Sounds True: 2004); How to Heal Toxic Thoughts: Simple Tools for Personal Transformation (Sterling: 2007); How to Thrive in Changing Times: Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace, and Joy for Yourself and the Earth (Weiser Books, 2010); Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation (Sounds True, 2010)


Tom Cowan, Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit (New York: Harper Collins Publishing,1993); Yearning for the Wind (Novato, California: New World Library, 2003)

Frank MacEowen, The Mist-Filled Path: Celtic Wisdom for Exiles, Wanderers, and Seekers (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2002)

Caitlin Matthews, Singing the Soul Back Home: Shamanism in Daily Life (Boston, Massachusetts: Element Books, Inc., 1995)

Caitlin Matthews, The Celtic Wisdom Tarot (Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books, 1999)

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