posted on Sep, 28 2012 @ 07:53 PM
I studied literature at university and have read quite a bit. I've enjoyed many different authors and have some real faves among them, mostly in the
crime/spy/thriller genres, but when people ask me about books I have read that were important to me, one book always comes to mind as one of the
strangest and most interesting and revealing books that I have ever come across.
This book is seldom referenced. I've never heard anyone mention it, but it is an important book if one is interested in shamanism, African
spirituality and authentic spiritual practices of people in Africa.
The book is the account of a trip to a West African country by a French film crew who went there with the intention of filming ceremonies and
spiritual dances conducted by a tribe in the hinterland of the country in question. Most of the book is what one would expect of such a journey,
difficulties of travelling in the area, personalities who helped and hindered the travellers, encounters with officials, etc.
When they finally get to the place and start filming, strange things begin to happen and they become the center of a dispute and power struggle among
the locals. Some of the villagers are friendly and welcoming. Others are hostile and don't want them filming their rituals.
The accounts of what they saw are very authentic and not spun in any way. They saw ritual practices that I have never seen described in any other book
or film. Very strange sights were seen by the author and told in an absolutely convincing way.
The book is a very revealing and almost unknown account of living spiritual practices that go back thousands of years in the history of man. It was
written by a French author, Phillipe Gaisseau. The title of the book is La Forêt Sacrée.
In English, The Sacred Forest.
I read the book in English and bought it used. I don't know if it is in print anymore, but it is a very important book in its genre, which would be
ethnography or religious studies or anthropology.
It is one of those stories that should never have been told in such detail. I hesitated a long time before even posting this and drawing attention to
the book. I'm still not sure if I am doing the right thing.
We live in evil times. Reading this book will strengthen the right people. I hope it doesn't strengthen the wrong people.