The Master of the Spirits

Long ago, Earth was dominated by supernatural spirits, living in the forest. Man however, lived in perfect harmony with them, thanks to a sacred alliance he concluded with the animals. This common destiny protected man from these spirits. Out of this alliance came incredible legends. Handed down from generation to generation, these legends have always been considered to be ancient history.

Today however, throughout the world, there exist ethnic minorities whose daily lives continue to bear witness to contemporary myths: these legends are their faith, and the animals, their gods. Thus, they are perpetuating the sacred alliance between man and the animals of the wild.

By recounting extraordinary true stories, Master of the Spirits has sought out these peoples, who continue to share incredible adventures with animals, hoping to receive the spirit’s protection. From the pythons hunter horsemen of the Cameroon forest to the eagle tamers of the Kirghizstan mountains, this collection features striking face to face encounters between men and animals, and reveals the most wondrous of beliefs which unite them in the spectacular, thousand-year-old fulfillment of a magical destiny.

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