Deathwalking, also known as psychopomping, is the shamanic practice of supporting the spirits of the dying or deceased to move smoothly from this world to the next; a practice that goes back throughout time in traditional societies. In the modern Western world we tend to avoid all mention of death, viewing it with fear rather than as a natural part of life. Even with the current resurgence in shamanism, psychopomp work remains a practice rarely written about; which is where this anthology comes in as a valuable resource.

As part of the Shamanic Pathways series from Moon Books, aimed to provide an introduction to shamanic topics, Deathwalking provides a rich variety of original experiences and knowledge from individual authors, including traditional rituals and mythology as well as a generous sharing of personal moving stories of bereavement and spirit work. These ten essays alongside a very informative forward by Ross Heaven provide a wide diversity of ideas and information for the reader to consider.

An interesting read in itself, Deathwalking is also an essential anthology for anyone looking for the opportunity to learn more about this compelling aspect of shamanic work.

Book Details: Laura Perry (editor). Shaman Pathways – Deathwalking. Moon Books (2018). ISBN: 978-1785358180

Review Details: Deathwalking was reviewed by June Kent, editor of Indie Shaman magazine and published in Issue 39.

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