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The Rainmaker
Posted by James Bovay on August 07, 1997 at 10:46:11:

This is the first of Joseph Knecht's "Lives"; the
account of a shaman's apprentice in an ancient village.
He grows to be a master Weathermaker, and in so doing
becomes entirely one with the elements. On page 467 of
the Henry Holt paperback edition:

:: He concentrated the very vibrations of the weather
:: within himself, holding them within him in such a way
:: that he could command the clouds and the winds- not,
:: to be sure, just as he pleased, but out of the very
:: intimacy and attachment he had with them, which totally
:: erased the difference between him and the world, between
:: inside and outside. At such times he could stand rapt,
:: listening, or crouch rapt, with all his pores open,
:: and not only feel the life of the winds and clouds
:: within his own self, but also direct and engender it,
:: somewhat in the way we can awaken and reproduce within
:: ourselves a phrase of music that we know by heart.

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