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The Shaman and the Savant: Adventures growing up in the Stone Age

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by Patrick Ellsworth Taylor
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The Shaman and the Savant: Adventures growing up in the Stone Age by Patrick Ellsworth Taylor

This story is an adventure-thriller about a boy and a girl growing up in sub-alpine Europe during the end of the last Ice Age. After falling in love, an injury inflicted by an evil rival keeps him from becoming a great hunter and leader, but frees him to contemplate the truths of the world around them and the skies above. As she studies shamanism, their logic leads them to together develop scientific theories radically differing from the primitive religious concepts of their culture. Threatened by being forced into marriage with men she finds repulsive, her love for him leads to her temporarily fleeing the tribe. As he joins her in exile, they undergo a series of wild and desperate adventures. After fighting off vicious attacks by a leopard and saltwater crocodiles, they barely survive a terrible Tsunami. Rescued by her mother, a shaman long thought dead, their return home is barely possible due to a harrowing eruption of volcanic bombs. On returning to their tribe, they find only devastation and violence. Despite that, they are able to rebuild the community based on sounder moral and democratic concepts. As chief, she combines shamanism with modern techniques of agriculture and improved weaponry, while he employs techniques of medicine and even surgery. Earlier, before she came of marriageable age, his protectiveness of her forestalled their physical union, but during the time of their leading the tribe together, to his great frustration, their marriage is delayed by her tribal duties. It is not until he is sent over the great ice sheet into the territory of the Neanderthals in search of shamanic crystals, and after her failed attempt to rescue him, that they are reunited, together facing monumental difficulties in finally returning home to become a wedded couple. Our present Era is just beginning. Stone Age humans are migrating into Europe from Africa towards the end of the last ice age, around 20,000 years ago. Neanderthals, a more primitive race, have mostly died out, the pitifully few remaining driven over the mountains to the north. The many caves they once occupied overlooking the sea are now the homes of the newcomers. Here, the southern part of the Continent teems with animal life, as the massive glaciers recede into the high mountain ranges, and still cover the northern lands beyond. Survival is difficult in their hunter-gatherer society, forced to live a hand to mouth existence. Abjectly dependent on the changes in their environment and the game they hunt, they are controlled by rigid religious principles. Kaynu and Alida, teenagers growing up together, fall in love and rebel against these restrictions. In a series of natural disasters and human conflicts, they struggle for survival against all odds. In wild and thrilling adventures, they face the dangers of their primitive land and the savage elements of nature. Treachery from within threatens, but their unique gifts combine to fight adversity, aiming not only for their own survival, but also to help their people to evolve through changes in spiritual and scientific reasoning. As they mature, they bring to each other and their society important new insights. For him, scientific logic leads to a better understanding of their world as it is, rather than the fanciful universe portrayed in the traditional religion taught by their evil shaman. For her, true shamanic spirituality combined with brilliant insight and inventiveness overcomes the pressures to conform brought against her. Despite being female, she grows to become the chief of their tribe, leading her people into what promises to be a better future.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 268
Size: 3.7 MB
Publisher: Patrick Ellsworth Taylor Publishing
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9780989157148 (DRM-EPUB)

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