Navaho Symbols of Healing: A Jungian Exploration of Ritual, Image, and Medicine

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By Donald Sandner

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Donald Sandner

Donald Sandner
Donald Sandner, M.D. is a San Francisco psychiatrist with a private practice in Jungian analysis. He is a former president of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.



In this original and superbly researched work, a Jungian-trained psychiatrist explores ancient Navaho methods of healing--methods that use ritual and vibrant imagery to bring the psyche into harmony with the natural forces that surround it. Through his interactions with Navaho medicine men, Sandner conveys the rigors of their training and the complexities of their purification and evocation rites, including the use of sand paintings as healing mandalas and the esoteric meaning of the pollen path. 

Presents the basic principles of Navaho healing:
  Return to the origins
  Confrontation and manipulation of evil
  Death and rebirth
  Restoration of the universe 

Challenges Western medicine in its search for a more holistic and humane healing art. 

Cloth edition of this title was published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

"In this well-researched volume the reader gets an authentic look at the combined power of Navajo religion, medicine and art."

The Book Reader