Navaho Symbols of Healing: A Jungian Exploration of Ritual, Image, and Medicine

Front Cover
Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1991 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 291 pages
In this original and superbly researched work, a Jungian-trained psychiatrist explores ancient Navaho methods of healing--methods that use ritual and vibrant imagery to bring the psyche into harmony with the natural forces that surround it. Through his interactions with Navaho medicine men, Sandner conveys the rigors of their training and the complexities of their purification and evocation rites, including the use of sand paintings as healing mandalas and the esoteric meaning of the pollen path.
Presents the basic principles of Navaho healing:
Return to the origins
Confrontation and manipulation of evil
Death and rebirth
Restoration of the universe
Challenges Western medicine in its search for a more holistic and humane healing art.
Cloth edition of this title was published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Symbolic Healing
11
Guardians of the Symbol
23
Navaho Religion The Constituent Parts
41
Navaho Religion The Whole in Action
79
Fear of Possession
93
Return to the Origins
111
The Ritual Control of Evil
133
Death and Rebirth Process of Renewal
157
Mandalas of Healing and the Pollen Path
195
The Navaho Synthesis
227
Symbolic Healing Ancient and Modern
243
Bibliography
275
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1991)

Navaho Symbols of Healing
A Jungian Exploration of Ritual, Image, && Medicine</i>

Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Symbolic Healing
2. Guardians of the Symbol
3. Navaho Religion: The Constituent Parts
4. Navaho Religion: The Whole in Action
5. Fear of Possession
6. Return to the Origins
7. The Ritual Control of Evil
8. Death and Rebirth: Process of Renewal
9. Mandalas of Healing and the Pollen Path
10. The Navaho Synthesis
11. Symbolic Healing: Ancient and Modern
Bibliography

Bibliographic information