A Branch from the Lightning Tree Ecstatic Myth and the Grace of Wildness

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-21
  • Publisher: White Cloud Press
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A Branch from the Lightning Tree is a brilliant exploration of the relationship between myth, culture, and the wild both in landscape and language. Dr. Shaw's rich storytelling gifts are displayed as he presents seven texts and commentaries as diverse as Irish, Siberian, and Romanian Gypsy.

Author Biography

Martin Shaw is a mythologist, storyteller, and wilderness rites-of-passage guide based in Devonshire, England. Shaw gave up a lucrative music contract to pursue the study of myth while living for four years in a tent in the wilderness of Wales. An international teacher, he tours the United States and Canada annually and is visiting lecturer on Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Leadership program at Oxford University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. IX
Forewordp. XIII
Introductionp. XVII
Leaving the Village, Finding the Forestp. 1
Nomads, Pirates, Bandit Queensp. 3
The Northern Witch and the Luminous Bridep. 23
The Pastoral and the Propheticp. 51
Gambling with the Knuckle-Bones of Wolvesp. 71
Crossroads, Temples, and Wild Intelligencep. 105
Woman that Moves in the Dark Groves of Soulp. 131
The Impossible Returnp. 163
Deer Woman and the Velvet Antlered Moonp. 165
The Birth of Ossianp. 179
The Red King and the Witchp. 201
Epiloguep. 215
Endnotesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 231
About the Authorp. 236
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