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Staff Pick of the Day: Bo and Bon

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Bo and Bon, £25.99, Available from Watkins Books

Dimitry Ermakov
Bo and Bon: Ancient Shamanic Traditions of Siberia and Tibet in Their Relation to the Teachings of a Central Asian Buddha
Vajra Publications

Selected by Mike from Watkins Books:

‘This is a really impressive work that gets inside the mind-sets of both types of practitioners of the ancient religions of Bon (the ancient pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet) and Bo Murgel (central Asian Shamanism). Normally you have to dig very deep (or know several languages) to find little nuggets of information like those found here and on finishing the book you feel like we have only just begun to explore the real history of religions and even our civilization. The author corrects a lot of misunderstandings about Bon and about the term ‘Shamanism’, especially in how it is often applied erroneously to Bon practice. The fascinating study of Bo Murgel shows much in common with our own pagan and Western esoteric traditions, and indeed, the common religious heritage of mankind from prehistoric times. The sheer depth of information, notes, and even excerpts from highly personal diaries, may be detracting for some, but there is no denying the heartfelt enthusiasm of the author for the subject, which comes alive in the pages.’

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