There is so much talk about soul – much of it linked to African-American culture. But what is soul? THE BIG BOOK OF SOUL is a breathtaking work of popular scholarship. Through myriad fun facts, stories, myths, legends, recipes and rituals, readers discover the origins and development of soul, but also how soul is revealed in contemporary culture. This is a book that functions as a work of mythology, spirituality, natural healing and natural beauty secrets. Bird examines the spirit of animism and how it has evolved in contemporary African-American culture; explores spiritual practices related to diet, dance and the arts; provides readers with ancient healing rituals and practices that are still in use today; and provides suggestions for creating an earth-based spiritual practice. This book spans the centuries and a variety of disciplines. It is a potpourri of trivia, practical advice and spiritual wisdom.