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Original wisdom : stories of an ancient way of knowing / Robert Wolff.

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Deep in the mountainous jungle of Malaysia the aboriginal Sng'oi exist on the edge of extinction, though their way of living may ultimately be the kind of existence that will allow us all to survive. The Sng'oi--pre-industrial, pre-agricultural, semi-nomadic--live without cars or cell phones, without clocks or schedules in a lush green place where worry and hurry, competition and suspicion are not known. Yet these indigenous people--as do many other aboriginal groups--possess an acute and uncanny sense of the energies, emotions, and intentions of their place and the living beings who populate it, and trustingly follow this intuition, using it to make decisions about their actions each day. Psychologist Robert Wolff lived with the Sng'oi, learned their language, shared their food, slept in their huts, and came to love and admire these people who respect silence, trust time to reveal and heal, and live entirely in the present with a sense of joy. Even more, he came to recognize the depth of our alienation from these basic qualities of life. Much more than a document of a disappearing people, Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing holds a mirror to our own existence, allowing us to see how far we have wandered from the ways of the intuitive and trusting Sng'oi, and challenges us, in our fragmented world, to rediscover this humanity within ourselves.
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Baker Halfway Branch 305.8001 .W855o 2001 (Text) 37814003246858 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 12/09/2019 Available -

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  • ISBN: 0892818662
  • ISBN: 9780892818662
  • Physical Description: x, 197 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Rochester, Vermont : Inner Traditions, [2001]

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Assumptions -- Draw something, anything -- Bali and the Barong -- Different realities -- Succession -- Dimensions of healing -- The people -- The real world, the shadow world -- Reading and writing -- Trees in the jungle -- Slaves -- The mango tree -- Shaman -- Learning to be human again -- Privacy and alienation -- What do those hundred men do? -- We take care of each other.
Summary, etc.:
Deep in the mountainous jungle of Malaysia the aboriginal Sng'oi exist on the edge of extinction, though their way of living may ultimately be the kind of existence that will allow us all to survive. The Sng'oi--pre-industrial, pre-agricultural, semi-nomadic--live without cars or cell phones, without clocks or schedules in a lush green place where worry and hurry, competition and suspicion are not known. Yet these indigenous people--as do many other aboriginal groups--possess an acute and uncanny sense of the energies, emotions, and intentions of their place and the living beings who populate it, and trustingly follow this intuition, using it to make decisions about their actions each day. Psychologist Robert Wolff lived with the Sng'oi, learned their language, shared their food, slept in their huts, and came to love and admire these people who respect silence, trust time to reveal and heal, and live entirely in the present with a sense of joy. Even more, he came to recognize the depth of our alienation from these basic qualities of life. Much more than a document of a disappearing people, Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing holds a mirror to our own existence, allowing us to see how far we have wandered from the ways of the intuitive and trusting Sng'oi, and challenges us, in our fragmented world, to rediscover this humanity within ourselves.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Robert Wolff was raised by his Dutch parents among the indigenous peoples of Indonesia. A psychologist and educator who has lived in Suriname and in Southeast Asia, he has taught at the University of Hawaii and currently lives on the Big Island.
Subject: Ethnophilosophy.
Ethnopsychology.
Human ecology.
Senoi (Southeast Asian people)

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