Kali's Odiyya: A Shaman's True Story of Initiation
by Amarananda Bhairavan
This is a rare exciting inside story of worship in a small Indian matriarchal village formed around a Kali temple. Bhairavan writes of initiation into the world of Kali's odiyyas: shamans of the goddess, following Shambu and Sandhya from initiation, through an exorcism, and an initiation into mystical sexuality. Kundalini arousal, karma, a funeral celebration, the matriarchal transference of power following the search for spirituality, the sorcerers who shape-shift into the astral world, where Shambu experiences his astral form as a being of light, are interspersed with the wise words of Aunt Preema, the sorceress-teacher. We learn what it means to be a devotee, how Kali followers view sexuality and mores, the day-to-day lifestyle in this holy village, and how the shamanic community takes care of the needs of the people. Never before have these secrets been revealed.
Discover the philosophy of Kali through the author's personal experience as an Odiyya, or shamen of the goddess. This book presents complex interrelationships between the world and the psyche, and introduces the reader to the kundalini, karma, and the shape-shifting sorcerers, the Aghori.
See also, The Path to Self Knowledge by Baba Rampuri.