Shiva: The Wild God of Power and Ecstasy


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Inner Traditions International
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6.3 X 8.94 X 0.76 inches | 1.11 pounds
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About the Author

Wolf-Dieter Storl, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist and ethnobotanist who has taught at Kent State University as well as in Vienna, Berne, and Benares. He is coauthor of Witchcraft Medicine and has written a number of books on indigenous culture and ethnobotany. He lives in Allgäu, Germany.


"An encyclopedic and highly inspiring account of Shiva."--Franz-Theo Gottwald, Ph.D., philosopher and Indologist
"This thorough, academic book will interest students of comparative religions, Eastern philosophies."--Kathy Heckler, New Age Retailer, Trends 2005 Vol. 19, No. 3
"Discusses the roots and the manifestations of Shiva, the original mystic, and his relevance to modern life in both the East and the West. This book will amuse, shock, and, most important, provoke readers to think about their own cherished conceptions of the world."--John R. Baker, professor of anthropology and translator of The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants,
"Wolf-Dieter Storl expertly traces the history of the lore of Shiva through the influences of invading cultures and religions, and relates a wide variety of seemingly diverse influences to Shiva's story such as the Celtic Christian legend of the Holy Grail. As engaging and entertaining as he is informational, Storl opens the reader's eyes to Hindu culture and religion as though one is a tourist traveling the land for the first time."--Spirit of Change, July/August 2005
"In Shiva, Storl creates a vibrant and comprehensive portrait of this omnipresent wild god."--Spirit of Change, July/August 2005
"An intimate portrait of Shiva, that most complex of Hindu Gods. Reading this book is like finding an oasis in the desert of monotheism."--Claudia Mueller-Ebeling, Ph.D., and Christian Rätsch, Ph.D., coauthors of Shamanism and Tantra