Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

A Romantic’s Guide to Urban Shamanism.

Penned upon the 11th of October, 2006

Extracts from a text to be published Autumn, 1896, by Unreliable Narrator Books, “The most disappointing publishing house in Europe!”

“The urban shaman has the contradictory but necessary role of spiritual leader to a disparate and individualistic people. They are an oasis to the psychological nomads of modern life. Through ritual, manipulation of symbols and the keeping of memory, they maintain the interconnectedness of a seemingly atomised world. They are teacher and spirit-healer to this generation and the next.”

“The calling of urban shaman is an intuitive one, united strictly neither by faith nor pratice. The shaman is rather distinguished by their adoption of the deepest and most essential symbols of their society and by their relation with those who surround them; one of insight, support and restoration. They read the winds of culture, speak with the spirits of human experience and nurture the holistic health and growth of the entity as an essential element of the social whole.”

Also in this text (shortlisted for the Pubertald Prize for Fancified Non-Fiction!):
An interview with the only Taoist priestess of Invented Shadbelly.
Urban Commerce and Straw-boater’d Hijinks: Culture Jimjamming.
Physiognomie Nouveau, the masks we wear (to appear Hungarian.)

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