1. – APOTHEOTIC
Heads turned. Eyes trailed him to the bar. Tall and athletic with dark-walnut hair and stormy eyes, Damien was apotheotic.
Is defined by the lexicographers at Oxford Dictionaries as, of, relating to, or of the nature of an apotheosis.
– The highest point in the development of something; a culmination or climax.
– The elevation of someone to divine status.
2. – CHOVIHANO & SHAMANISM
We Borrow the Earth reveals the experiences and knowledge of one of the few remaining ‘chovihanos‘ (Gypsy shamans) still practising in Britain. Drawing on his personal experience and the story of his lineage, Patrick Lee explores the history and culture of his people and their knowledge of the ancient arts of healing and prophesy. He includes chapters on their customs as well as looking at their potions, spells, charms and curses in an open way. In this latest edition, there is a brand new chapter entitled Encounters with Ancient Spirits Using Gypsy Magic. Patrick Jasper Lee was trained in these ancient traditions by his Romani great-grandfather, a practicing Chovihano, and has himself been practising as a Chovihano for the past thirty years.
A chovihano is an intuitive healer of the Iberian Kale Gitano culture.
One could view shamanism as the universal spiritual wisdom inherent to all indigenous tribes. As all ancient spiritual practices are rooted in nature, shamanism is the method by which we as human beings can strengthen that natural connection.
Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with what they believe to be a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.
3. – AMYGDALOHIPPOCAMPECTOMY
This word I came across by accident when researching the phenomenon of ‘selective memory loss’, as highlighted in my first featured book ‘Last Summer’ by Kerry Lonsdale. A link took me through to a page on the Epilepsy Foundation site, where the discussion was about Selective Amygdalohippocampectomy. A quick Wikipedia search offered up this definition…
Amygdalohippocampectomy is a surgical procedure for the treatment of epilepsy. It consists of the removal of the hippocampus, which has a role in memory, spatial awareness, and navigation, and the amygdalae, which have a role in the processing and memory of emotional reactions, both structures forming part of the limbic system of the brain.
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