Step into the imaginative realm of one of the oldest continuous cultures on Earth, the Kalahari Ju/'hoan Bushmen. Translated by Beesa Boo, a Bushman, and interspersed with detailed commentary from Bradford and Hillary Keeney, this book presents the core teachings of the Kalahari Bushmen as told by the tribal elders themselves. Decades in the making, it constitutes the first comprehensive work on the world's oldest tradition of healing and spiritual experience.
Told in their own words, these teachings reveal how the Bushmen are able to receive direct transmissions of God's love in the form of the universal life force, n/om. The individuals who are filled with this force describe it as an awakened, energized feeling of love that inspires a spontaneous and heightened ecstatic awareness that opens mystical perception. Having your heart transfixed by this force enables true healing and spiritual growth to occur. Experiencing the force in your entire being, through a vision of "God's egg", awakens deep spiritual wisdom and extraordinary healing gifts. Those who "own the egg" are blessed with the ability to have direct communication with the Divine, a "rope to God," and can communicate with others for all "ropes" are connected.
Conveying the deep love that is the dominant emotion of Bushman spirituality, the book explores tribal legends and teaching tales, the importance of dreams and encounters with animals, the origins of their dances, such as the giraffe dance, and specific rituals and ceremonies, including puberty rites for boys and girls.
Bradford Keeney, Ph.D., is a renowned traditional healer, spiritual teacher, musician, and scholar. His fieldwork with the Kalahari Bushmen (San) in Namibia and Botswana began more than two decades ago. He is the author of many books, including Bushman Shaman and Shaking Medicine. Hillary Keeney, Ph.D., is a traditional healer, spiritual teacher, dancer, scholar, and associate editor of Dance, Movement, and Spirituality. Together the Keeneys cofounded the Keeney Institute for Healing.
Pronunciation Guide Editors' Preface Entering the World of the Ju|'hoansi Introduction We Invite You to Dance with God: A Welcome from the Ju|'hoan Bushman Elders Part One Core Teachings 1 God's Divine Egg 2 Getting Cooked by God 3 Receiving N|om 4 The Stations of N|om 5 Ropes to God 6 Transmitting N|om 7 Bushman Healers and Healing 8 N!o'an-ka|'ae: The Changing 9 First and Second Creation 10 Meeting the Ancestors 11 Kabis and the Classrooms 12 All of Creation Dances 13 N|om Songs 14 The Heart of the Spears 15 The Old Ways 16 The Ideal Bushman Life 17 Everyone Is Invited to Dance with God Part Two The Elders Speak: Remembrances 18 N!ae G kau 19 N!ae Kxao 20 Ti!'ae Oma 21 |Ui N!a'an 22 Oma Dahm 23 G|aq'o Kaqece 24 N!ani G|aq'o 25 Tci!xo !Ui 26 Kaqece |Kaece 27 |Ui Debe 28 Tcoq'a |Ui 29 |Xoan |Kun 30 |Kunta Boo Appendix Dictionary of the Ju|'hoan Religion: Words Used by the N|om-kxaosi Bibliography Index