Synopses & Reviews
In The Last of the Medicine Men, author Benedict Allen, explores the mysterious and dramatic world of healers, who are popularly referred to as witchdoctors. In the diverse communities of the world, healing roles are assumed by faithhealers, shamans, psychotherapists, priests, performers, and even poets. Specifically, The Last of the Medicine Men examines the form and function these enigmatic characters take in four different cultures -- the provincial towns of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the jungles of Siberut Island, the wastes of Siberia, and the arid mountains of Mexico. The author investigates roles of medicine men by observing their customs -- even taking part in these rituals himself -- unveiling the varied, complex, and colorful spirits of Shamanism and suggesting what we in the Western world can learn from them.
Variously known as witchdoctors, faith healers, or shamans, these enigmatic characters, their customs and rituals are the subject of this fascinating new book.
About the Author
Benedict Allen has a voracious appetite for adventure. Traveler, modern-day explorer, a sensitive sociologist, he lives for months on end with only the assistance of remote, indigenous 'tribal' people to guide him. Pioneering the use of a hand-held TV camera, he has filmed his own expeditions for the BBC series, "Witchdoctors." His book, The Last of the Medicine Men, published in the US by Dorling Kindersley, accompanies that series. Allen is the author of several other books resulting from his adventures in the Amazon, New Guinea, Australia's Gibson Desert, and Sumatra, among them the best-selling Skeleton Coast: A Journey Through the Namib Desert and Edge of Blue Heaven: A Journey Through Mongolia.