By Hal Zina Bennet
The Zuni have traditionally used small stone carvings of animal figures as power objects and mediators between themselves and the spirit world. Any object that has special meaning can be used as a fetish.
In this fascinating, informative, and beautifully illustrated guide to the fetishes of the Zuni people of New Mexico, Hal Zina Bennett explores key principles of Native American spirituality and how early Zuni teachings can benefit us all today. He provides an excellent guide to Zuni traditions and an intriguing picture of their early life, along with detailed instructions for using fetishes for meditation, reflection, and insight in modern life. He describes key fetish figures, including the Guardians of the Six Regions, their legendary meanings, and the personal qualities each figure can support and help its owner develop.
In explaining the nature of fetishes and the psychological and spiritual benefits that we can gain from their use, Bennet provides illuminating cross-cultural comparisons, stimulating exercising , and journaling opportunities.
“By sharing with us how his study of Native American spirituality helps him on his own spiritual path, Hal Bennett has made an important contribution. It is fascinating reading, which can help all of us come a step closer to the inner peace that we all seek in our lives.”
—Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., author of Love is Letting Go of Fear
Hal Zina Bennett, Ph.D., is a lecturer, consultant, and the author or co-author of twenty-seven books, including The Lens of Perception, The Well Body Book (with Mike Samuels, M.D.), The Holotropic Mind (with Stanislav Grof, M.D.), Follow Your Bliss (with Susan J. Sparrow). He is a contributing editor to Shaman’s Drum magazine.