Viaggio tra la Dea e lo sciamano. Note a margine di La strada dai molti canti. Filosofia e sciamanesimo greco di Roberto Baldini

This article was supposed to be a simple review of the book by Baldini, but after reading it, it developed into something different and more extensive, I would say an ‘extended’ review. When I bought it, I thought I would read a book that combined philosophy and anthropology, but after a few pages it was clear to me that it did not speak about neither of them, and that I was confronted with a book of a religious nature, impregnated with profound mysticism. Baldini inscribes his research into that religious movement known as Neo-Paganism, which also includes Neo-Shamanism, the Movement of the Goddess, Wicca, etc., but which has its roots in the European mystical, esoteric and traditionalist intellectual currents, American trascendentalism, joined by forms of oriental mysticism, Hindu universalism, as well as Native American and Central Asian/Siberian neo-shamanism. In the 1960s-1970s these currents formed the New Age, that is what Bloom calls Californian orphism, a minority but important current of the post-Christian West, which has influenced both part of the feminist movement and a number of counter-cultural intellectuals and grass roots as well.