FLORINDA DONNER THE WITCH DREAM PDF

Donner is a young anthropologist and native of Venezuela. As a possible dissertation thesis she chose a study of healers As a possible dissertation thesis she chose a study of healers reputed to be particularly noteworthy in northeastern Venezuela. Clearly, this book has a foregone appeal for those already committed to a belief in spiritualism, mystic forces and the like. However, Donner is uncommonly good at getting a skeptical reader to suspend disbelief. She manages this by a candor and matter-of-factness that make it clear that what she wants to do is report her experiences.

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Donner is a young anthropologist and native of Venezuela. As a possible dissertation thesis she chose a study of healers As a possible dissertation thesis she chose a study of healers reputed to be particularly noteworthy in northeastern Venezuela. Clearly, this book has a foregone appeal for those already committed to a belief in spiritualism, mystic forces and the like. However, Donner is uncommonly good at getting a skeptical reader to suspend disbelief.

She manages this by a candor and matter-of-factness that make it clear that what she wants to do is report her experiences. These include events for which she has no rational explanation. For example, on more than one occasion she apparently demonstrated mediumistic powers.

For Donner, the importance of this experience lay in her ability to plunge into another world and adapt. Over the course of her time with dona Mercedes, she witnessed the healer at work using a combination of incantations, Catholic ritual, medicinal plants, Western drugs, massage. As counterpoint to the seances and healing episodes, Donner adopts the third person to tell the stories of several of the patients.

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Mikagami Donner has succeeded in taking us into the mind and heart of a spiritual healer and illuminating the process, not as an outsider, but as a participant and an initiate. Donnfr rated it it was ok Sep 25, Jan 20, Kathryn Harriet rated it really liked it. She writes with both remark- able precision and a brilliant flair for the poetry and supernatural complexity of a world in which the healer and the patient relate to one another in the language of sorcery and dreams. Books by Florinda Donner. This would have been under the misapprehension a misapprehension cultivated in more than one of his books that such a jump might result in being bodily transported into florinxa nagualhis name for the unconscious. But her involvement soon witchh into something far more personal.

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