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WE BORROW THE EARTH: An Intimate Portrait of the Gypsy Shamanic Tradition and Culture

Lee, Patrick Jasper

Editorial: Thorsons, 2000
ISBN 10: 0722539940 / ISBN 13: 9780722539941
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Librería: Occultique (Northampton, Reino Unido)
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Título: WE BORROW THE EARTH: An Intimate Portrait of...

Editorial: Thorsons

Año de publicación: 2000

Encuadernación: Paperback

Condición del libro: Near Fine


Britain's own shamanic practice as revealed by a member of the Purrum clan. Thorsons 2000. xvi + 320pp pb pages browned, near fine. N° de ref. de la librería 007813

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The first book about Gypsy life written by a true Romani. Reveals the inner traditions of the Gypsy way, their healing and magic, their historical migrations, and why gypsies believe they should only `borrow?, rather than own, the earth.

The Gypsies have always been a source of both fascination and fear. They have lived among us for thousands of years and yet we know little about them. In this book Jasper Lee takes us on a journey to the heartland of the Gypsy people.

Jasper Lee practises the healing arts of the Gypsy shaman, preserving the ancient customs of his people with an openness rare among those of Gypsy blood. His story shows how he believes that by preserving them and revealing these customs to the non-Gypsy world, he will lift the curse which has afflicted his family since they chose to buy their land, rather than borrow the earth as their ancestors did.

Críticas: The gypsies, or Romanies, have long been known for their esoteric spirituality, even if it's only Gypsy Rose Lee reading tarot cards at seaside fairs. Patrick Jasper Lee trained himself from childhood to be a Chovihano, a Gypsy shaman or healer. This fascinating book is an account of how he followed that path, what he has learnt and how it is relevant to all of us today. The title comes from the gypsy belief that we cannot own the Earth or what it produces; we can only borrow it. According to Lee, "the words 'own' and 'possession' [have] no equivalent in the Romani Gypsy language".

Shamanism involves journeys to the Other world, journeys of imagination and visualisation. The book contains many examples of these, which read like traditional fairy stories--which is significant because gypsies are fond of storytelling, and have always had a close link with nature, especially woodland and all that is associated with it. Lee writes unselfconsciously of his conversations with trees and his meetings with fairies--the Biti Foki or Small Folk.

This is a very personal story; Lee tells of his great-grandfather Jack Lee, also a Chovihano, who brought a curse on the family by moving into a house; and of his Puri Dai (old mother) or grandmother, who was a formidable force in his clan, and who taught him much of what he knows about the deeper side of gypsy beliefs. Now, as the old family ties have broken down, he believes he may be the only Chovihano left in Britain, possibly even in Western Europe. As he shares his story with gaujo, non-gypsies, we can only be saddened at the fading of this unique culture. --David V Barrett

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