Ritual Arts Reading List

The fields of ritual arts are diverse and have many influences from the world’s traditions; from art, music and performance; and from the scholarly fields of Anthropology, Theology, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Consciousness Studies, Sociology and beyond. Here are some works that we’ve gathered from the community. 

The Mythic Path: Dream Work and Personal Mythology
David Feinstein and Stanley Krippner,1997, G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Submitted by Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D.

Conflicting perspectives on shamans and shamanism: Points and counterpoints
Stanley Krippner, 2002
Submitted by Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D.

The Meme Machine
Susan Blackmore, 1999
Submitted by Thea Boodhoo

Man and His Symbols
Carl Jung, 1964
Submitted by Gary Rabindranath Boodhoo

Anyone who dreams partakes in shamanism
Stanley Krippner, 2009
Submitted by Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D.

Passort to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers
Jacques Vallee, 1969
Submitted by Gary Rabindranath Boodhoo

Mythic Plays: from Inanna to Frankenstein
Conrad Bishop & Elizabeth Fuller, 2010, The Independent Eye
Submitted by Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D.

The Teachings of Don Juan
Carlos Castaneda, 1968
Submitted by Cassia Hensley 

Historical Database of Folk Play Scripts Compiled by Peter Millington
P.Millington, 2000-2004, University of Sheffield
Submitted by Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D.

The Myth-carrier Shaman
Ivan Szendro, 2009, Coreopsis Journal of Myth & Theatre
Submitted by Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D.

Truth or Dare: Encounters with power, authority and mystery
Starhawk, 1988, Miriam Simos, HarperSanFrancisco
Submitted by Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D.

The White Goddess
Robert Graves, 1948
Submitted by Gaia Wildewoode



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