Light of the Andes: In Search of Shamanic Wisdom in Peru

J.E. Williams. Irie Books, $15.95 paper (200p) ISBN 978-1-61720-374-9
Williams (The Andean Codex: Adventures and Initiations Among the Peruvian Shamans) comes up short in his attempt to convey “the complex cosmology and ancient spiritual teachings of the Q’ero”—an ethnic group native to Peru. Instead of clearly summarizing those teacshings and explaining their relevance to the modern world, the author descends into flowery mystical language, e.g. “Ayni is the touchstone of the Q’ero worldview who hold it as the code of life, an innate imprint discoverable in nature and ever present in the universe where it forms the content of every thing—the matrix of all being.” Williams’s own spiritual quest comes across as platitudinous—“To reach the next level... I must release myself to something larger than one lifetime, something more mystical than the literalness of a mountain”—despite the author’s sincere belief that the shamans have something to offer the modern world.
Reviewed on: 12/24/2012
Release date: 04/01/2012
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