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Eden or Bust! The Wisdom of Miriam's Tambourine (Book)

Eden or Bust! The Wisdom of Miriam's Tambourine (Book)

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New title on PRESALE! The full color printed books will be delivered by December 15th. 

In this book, Wolf retells the folktale of Miriam's Tambourine—a traditional tale that teaches us that drum and dance and song are the joyful  treatment needed to heal the neuroses and ills of our culture. On the way there,

  • we realize god actually had something to say in the baffling Tower of Babel myth,
  • we reclaim Miriam as exemplar of a suppressed lineage of female prophets,
  • we contemplate the twin birth of the alphabet and the patriarchy,
  • we return a bit to wildness by embracing our connections to the Animals and the Ancestors, and
  • we become inspired to translate all those ideas into real healing by incorporating them into Drumming and Dancing. 

From the Preface:

"I want to say a few words about the genesis of this work. I found the book Miriam’s Tambourine and Other Jewish Folktales about 20 years ago in a used bookstore and grabbed it off the shelf since there was a DRUM mentioned in the title. I stood there and read the title story and was just  stunned. I felt like I’d accidentally dropped about 4 hits of blotter.

I GOT IT. Instantly. This story affirmed everything I have so long intuited about the work I do with drumming for creating community and the possibility of healing. Further, it affirmed much of my intuition about the ways that technological civilization damages humans and makes us diseased and neurotic.

I knew right in that moment that I would write this book. I knew there was a LOT I would have to research in order to do this. I had NO idea that it would take a couple decades, that it would require biblical exegesis and intense research into the archaeohistory of the alphabet, or that it would identify the actual identity of the allegorical Ark of the Covenant. I had no idea that I would come to understand Moses as an unintentional supervillian, seduced by the accidental powers of darkness, and Miriam as the heroine of a forgotten, suppressed lineage of priestesses!"