This is the extraordinary account of Donner-Grau’s experiences with doña Mercedes, an aged healer in a remote Venezuelan town known for its spiritualists . The Witch’s Dream by Florinda Donner-Grau, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. A renowned student of Don Juan Matus, Florinda Donnergrau entered the world of spiritual healing as an anthropologist. But her involvement soon deepened.

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Other floriinda in this series. Michael Smith rated it really liked it Jun 07, That leads to interesting questions about the nature of cults.

State -Religious life and customs. Account Options Sign in. BACK FLAP continued from front flap 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.

The Witch’s Dream

Love Poems from God Daniel Ladinsky. Florinda Donner originally Regine Margarita Thallater Florinda Donner-Grau is an American writer wktch anthropologist known as one of Carlos Castaneda ‘s “witches” the term for three donber who were friends of Castaneda.

Robin rated it liked it May 08, Kenneth Hemmings rated it really liked it Feb 24, Did even Castaneda transcend the desire to be the heir of the sorcerer Don Juan, whom Castaneda probably invented? Scandal or Superb Social Science?. Jul 11, Ppaolo Rizzo rated it it was amazing. Prarthana Narang rated it really liked it Sep 14, I’m hoping for more from her other books.

Even though Donner did not anywhere claim that her book was based on having actually lived among the Yanomami, she was roundly criticized for having used the ethnographic writing genre without her work in fact being based on anthropological methods. Florinda Donner immersed herself in the world of sorcery, witchcraft, and healing florinea the apprentice of a famous healer, Mercedes Peralta, in a small town in northeastern Venezuela.


I read this when it first came out. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. His first book, The Teachings of Don Juanwas the story of the first period odnner two men spent together as master and pupil.


A Healer’s Way of Knowledge. Which is to say They may be defeated a thousand times, but they never surrender. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. State -Social life and customs.

Published January 1st by Penguin Books first published For Donner, the importance of this experience lay in her ability to plunge into another world and adapt. Part Three Chapter An Initiation into the Sorcerers’ World. He presented it as a literal other dimension.

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Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Probably why it took me a while to finish it. Feb 03, Gaze Santos rated it liked it. He also wrote the Art of Dreaming Valkyria Colibri rated it it was amazing Aug 11, Well told tales of magic realism? 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. Volume 24, Issue 9. As to the authenticity of the events told in the book, one can only speculate.

The book is now generally considered “anthropologically-inspired fiction”. In addition to working on Castaneda’s books, she has written several books about indigenous healing, sorcery and lucid dreaming. A follower attempts to capitalize on the infamy of Castaneda’s abusive cult of personality. His first book, The Teachings of Don Juan, was the story of the first period the two men spent together as master and pupil.


Reading the Body Wataru Ohashi. This is the extraordinary account of her experiences with Dona Mercedes, an aged healer in a remote Venezuelan town She also learned how to take rapid short puffs on a cigar to fill the air with smoke–an essential part of the healer’s lore–and she learned the various distinctions between mediums, spiritualists, witches and healers. Views Read Edit View history. If you are on your own journey of self-discovery it’s a very interesting and thought provoking read.

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As a possible dissertation thesis she chose a study of healers reputed to be particularly noteworthy in northeastern Venezuela. They fiercely seek a signal from the spirit of things in the form of a ths word, an appropriate gesture; and when they get it, they express their thanks by redoubling their fierceness.

These women never had to answer to the real world. Recommended for all, but especially those who enjoyed Carlos Castenada’s Don Juan books. This book follows the literary formula that was established by Casteneda very closely. It’s an interesting effect.